Richest MMA Fighters (UPDATED 2018) – The art of fighting is quite popular since old days. Various styles of fighting have existed at different times but some of them have evolved over the years. One of the modern fighting styles is mixed martial arts known popularly as MMA. This style is a combination of various forms of martial arts. It brings together different techniques and has developed to be a highly lethal and effective fighting style.
MMA has gained a lot of popularity across the world and has grown into an entertainment sport. Lots of people watch MMA matches extensively with great interest. This is where real fighters are tested for their power and stamina. MMA has been around since the 90s but has gained higher attention in the past decade.
Great mixed martial arts fighters compete for titles and fame. MMA fighters are quite popular around the world and most of them earn huge sums. They have a good scope and a promising career.
Top 10 – Richest MMA Fighters (Salary & Net Worth) – UPDATED 2018
There are several successful MMA fighters who have accumulated big net worth from their fighting career. The increasing popularity of mixed martial arts has raised so much revenue for the sport.
Players are paid huge salaries that make some of the richest fighters in short time span. Here, we list the Top 10 Richest MMA Fighters In The World with the latest information about their earnings, net worth, career, and assets.
The Brazilian Mixed Martial Artist who managed to enter our list of the top richest MMA fighters is Jose Aldo. This talented fighter competes in the UFC as Featherweight. He was the final featherweight champion in the World Extreme Cage Fighting and was awarded the UFC Featherweight Championship when the two organizations merged.
Nicknamed as ‘Junior’, Aldo has been honored with the 2009 Fighter of the Year award. He is famous as a Muay Thai Striker. Aldo, as a kid, wanted to become a professional football player but moved to be trained in mixed martial arts when 17. Out of 29 matches played, Jose Aldo has won 26 and lost 3 times.
Next on our list of the richest MMA fighters is Frank Mir, an American mixed martial artist currently competing in the Bellator MMA Heavyweight division. He was a UFC fighter for 16 years before entering Bellator. Born in Las Vegas, Nevada in 1979, Frank Mir had earned his black belt as a teenager. He is a two-time UFC Heavyweight Champion.
Mir holds the record for the most victories and most submission wins in the history of UFC Heavyweight and the most fights in the Heavyweight division. Moreover, he is the only fighter to have won a match by a toe hold submission in UFC. Mir is ranked #10 in the official UFC Heavyweight rankings. He has won the Nevada State Wrestling Championship in 1998. He was also named as the Sherdog Comeback Fighter of the Year in 2008.
An American mixed martial artist and three-time Light Heavyweight UFC Champion, Jon Bones Jones is currently on suspension being tested positive for banned drugs. However, he is regarded as one of the greatest MMA fighters ever. With 22 wins out of 23 fights, Jones holds numerous UFC records and has won several awards and accolades.
Jones is the youngest UFC champion in the history as he won the Light Heavyweight Championship at the age of 23 in 2011. He is endorsed by Nike and is one of the highest paid MMA fighters. He is 29 years old and is preparing for a return after the suspension period ends.
Popularly known by the nickname ‘Iceman’, Chuck Liddell is an American mixed martial artist and former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion with an estimated net worth of $13 million.
He is widely regarded for his skills in kickboxing, Koei-Kan karate, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Kempo, and wrestling. Some of the notable fights in his MMA career include those against Renato Sobral, Jeff Monson, Tito Ortiz, Vitor Belfort and others. He has established himself as one of the most dominant champions in the UFC history. He is the first MMA fighter to be featured on ESPN The Magazine cover. He got inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame in 2009. Liddell has also appeared in numerous films and TV series.
Next on our list of the richest MMA fighters is an American actor, former mixed martial artist and retired US Army Sergeant, Randy Couture. He holds two titles in the weight division. He is the first fighter to hold two UFC titles in two different divisions at the same time.
Couture worked as a color commentator for UFC matches after retiring from fighting. The legendary fighter worked till the age of 47 and used to earn $1 million for every fight. Randy Couture has now entered Hollywood and can be seen on the Expendables series. Couture remains one of the most respected and renowned fighters in the history of MMA.
Another successful MMA fighter that gets a place among our list of the richest mixed martial artists is Fedor Emelianenko. He is a Russian heavyweight MMA fighter, judoka, and sambist who competes in Bellator MMA championships at present. He has won numerous championships and accolades in various sports.
His honors include the MMA Pride Fighting Championship, FIAS World Combat Sambo Championship, and Russian Judo Federation National Championship. He has received numerous awards throughout his career and listed as the greatest MMA Heavyweight of all time by many publications. With a net worth of about $18 million, Fedor Emelianenko stands as one of the highest paid MMA fighters in the world.
One of the tallest standing MMA fighters, Anderson Silva has stood undefeated for seven long years. He is regarded as one of the best strikers in the MMA history. Silva is a former UFC Middleweight Champion and the winner of the most Knockout of the Night awards in the UFC.
He also holds the longest title streak in the UFC history with 10 title defenses and 16 consecutive wins in 2013. Silva is currently ranked at number six in the official UFC Middleweight Rankings. With a current estimated net worth of $18 million, Anderson Silva is one of the richest MMA fighters of the world.
Next on our list of the richest MMA fighters is an American Jiu-Jitsu expert. BJ Penn started his fighting career in 2001 and has won both Welterweight and Lightweight UFC championships. He has created a great history in his UFC career and is one of the three champions to have won two types of weight titles and this is what gets him a great fan base.
His recent estimated net worth is around $22 million. Before becoming a professional MMA fighter, BJ Penn was the first American to have won a Gold medal in the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship. He was also the first UFC Lightweight Undisputed Champion and broke the all-time defense record for the title. He is regarded to be one of the greatest MMA fighters of the time and is among the top highest-paid fighters.
The three-time Welterweight Champions of UFC, Georges St. Pierre is considered to be the greatest MMA fighter of all time. He is famous for his technical fighting skills. He learned high-level martial arts at a very young age. Pierre has had a big number of wins in UFC circuits winning him a huge amount of money in his fighting career.
His current net worth is about $30 at present which he has accumulated through his MMA career, appearances and endorsements. Georges St. Pierre is endorsed by numerous big brands and holds several titles. He has won the 2009 Fighter of the Year award. He is regarded as one of the greatest and the highest paid MMA fighters of the world.
The richest of all the successful MMA fighters in the world, Conor McGregor has a huge fan base for his amazing personality. He is considered to be a notorious fighter. The Irish MMA fighter is famous around the world due to his accomplishments.
McGregor is a former UFC Featherweight Champion and the current UFC Lightweight Champion. He has 21 wins and 3 losses out of the total 24 MMA matches played in his career. With a current estimated net worth of about $85 million, Conor McGregor tops our list of the richest fighters in mixed martial arts. Most of his wealth comes from his recent debut in boxing and not from his MMA fights.