Many sports enthusiasts would argue that MMA has become more popular than boxing in recent years. Mixed martial arts test the stamina and power of a fighter and require hardcore training. While not many people could handle the fast pace of the sport, others have gone on to become the best fighters of all time.
With increasing popularity, larger public, and better sponsors, MMA fighters dominate the sports scene as some of the highest-earning sportsmen and women. Their schedule is packed with fights and MMA upcoming matches to place your bets on.
Below, you can learn more about the best-paid MMA fighters in the world.
Despite being a former mixed martial artist, Couture fought in the UFC and claimed six championship titles. He is one of three people to have ever won titles in multiple weight classes. Currently, his net worth is estimated at $17 million.
Having fought in the middleweight division, Silva broke records for the most wins, title defences, knockouts, and the longest winning streak in Pride FC history. The Brazilian MMA fighter has competed in UFC and Japan’s Pride Fighting Championships. His career earnings are estimated at around $18 million.
Emelianenko is a Russian heavyweight sambist, mixed martial artist, and judoka. Currently, he is competing in the Bellator MMA Championships. Over the years, he has collected numerous accolades, including Fight of the Decade (the 2000s), Knockout of the Year (2009), Beatdown of the year (2008), etc. As of 2021, his net worth is $18 million.
Silva is one of the most popular MMA fighters of all time. The Brazilian MMA fighter and former UFC Middleweight Champion broke several records throughout his career. The most notable is the longest title streak in UFC history with 10 title defences and 16 consecutive wins. His earnings amount to around $18 million.
BJ Penn is an American professional MMA fighter with experience in Brazilian jiu-jitsu as well. He has previously won Welterweight and Lightweight UFC Championships. Along with Couture and one other fighter, Penn has won championship titles in different weight classes. His current net worth is estimated at $21 million.
Lesnar is a former professional MMA fighter and American football player. He switched to professional wrestling, where he currently competes. The 44-year-old has won UFC Heavyweight Championships in his career and is considered one of the best wrestlers in history. His earnings total up to $28 million.
George St. Pierre
The Canadian MMA fighter has three UFC Welterweight Championship titles under his belt. With career earnings of around $30 million, he made the list as one of the highest-earning MMA fighters of all time.
Nurmagomedov is one of the best Russian professional mixed martial artists. He competed in the Lightweight division of the UFC, where he was the longest-reigning Lightweight Champion, having held the title for three years — from April 2018 to March 2021. He is also a two-time Combat Sambo World Champion. His earnings are estimated at $40 million.
Despite being one of the most notorious UFC champions of all time, McGregor’s earnings mainly come from his boxing debut, where he fought the legendary Floyd Mayweather. The Irish professional mixed martial artist is among the few that hold multiple titles in different weight classes. His career earnings of $400 million make him the richest MMA fighter in the world.
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