The Richest UFC Fighters Right Now (2024)

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  • Georges St. Pierre
  • Brock Lesnar
  • Khabib Nurmagomedov
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Highlights

  • Combat sports have been a mainstay since antiquity, appealing to our competitive and thrill-seeking natures.
  • MMA has surged in popularity, with stars like Alistair Overeem, Ronda Rousey, Georges St. Pierre, and Khabib Nurmagomedov earning massive incomes and building significant fortunes.
  • Conor McGregor stands out as the richest UFC fighter today, amassing an estimated net worth of $200 million through his successful UFC career, business ventures, and smart financial decisions.

Fighting is, for better or worse, part of the human condition — we battle with everyday circ*mstances, and sometimes we lose and get back up after a defeat to seek our desired victory.

Human nature is also why we enjoy combat sports so consistently across cultures and eras; it's an activity that subconsciously reminds us we're equipped to fight valiantly in the face of adversity.

In ancient times, people famously clamored to attend fights involving gladiators who violently engaged in combat sports with one another, with criminals, or even sometimes with wild animals.

Today, humans have – arguably – evolved to become more civilized now, yet our drive to witness sport fighting remains intact.

Look no further than mixed martial arts (MMA), boxing, and wrestling — these hugely popular sports have hundreds of millions of dedicated followers all over the world.

Boxing is one of the most ancient and popular sports, but MMA is catching up fast, and it is likely to eclipse boxing sooner rather than later.

One reason for this is that in mixed martial arts, there is every spice, every ingredient — it is a melting pot for elements from every known combat sport.

MMA fans can experience the arts of boxing, Taekwondo, Jiu-Jitsu, martial arts, and myriad other combat skills in a single setting — with a set of rules, of course.

The UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) is the most prestigious and prominent MMA organization, with almost 300 million fans closely following the sport and its most famous fighters.

In the Ultimate Fighting Championship, the most skillful fighters from all over the world participate, and UFC fighters earn massive incomes as the standard-bearers for MMA in their respective regions.

Let’s explore the action-heavy world of UFC fighters, delving into their earnings and identifying the richest UFC fighter as of right now.

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7 Alistair Overeem

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Alistair Overeem's Net Worth (Estimated): $10 Million

After conquering many fighting platforms – like K1, Pride, Strikeforce, Dream, and Dynamite – Alistair Overeem landed a contract with the UFC in 2011.

Dutch kickboxer and Muay Thai fighter Alistair Overeem's first opponent in the UFC was none other than Brock Lesnar, a notably fierce wrestler and mixed martial artist.

But Alistair was too good — and in just two minutes and 26 seconds, he knocked Brock Lesnar out with a kick.

Alistair Overeem’s MMA Record47 Won - 19 Lost - 0 Draw
Alistair Overeem’s Net Worth (Estimated)$10 Million
Alistair Overeem's Peak Fighting Salary$400,000 To $860,000
Largest Payouts$860,000 (Three Times)

"The Demolition Man’s" UFC career ended in 2021 (when he was released from his contract), and he expressed an interest in a career in Dutch politics.

In the course of his MMA career, Overeem fought 66 matches — emerging victorious 47 times, and facing defeat 19 times.

In UFC 218 against Francis Ngannou and UFC 225 against Curtis Blaydes, Alistair Overeem earned $860,000 for each fight, but he ultimately lost both matches.

Right after those bouts, he participated in another $860,000 fight against Sergei Pavlovich at UFC Fight Night, which he won via Knockout (KO).

Through his fighting career, Alistair Overeem managed to build a massive estimated $10 million fortune.

6 Anderson Silva

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Anderson Silva Net Worth (Estimated): $14 Million

UFC legend Anderson Silva held the middleweight championship reign for a whopping 2,457 days, or almost seven years.

Brazilian mixed martial artist Anderson "The Spider" Silva, an iconic fighter of Pride and Cage Rage, began his UFC career in 2006.

After winning initial fights in the UFC against Chris Leben, he dethroned UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin and wore the belt by the time his second UFC game rolled around.

He won 16 consecutive fights, and defended his UFC middleweight champion belt ten times.

Anderson Silva’s MMA Record34 Won - 11 Lost - 0 Draw
Anderson Silva’s Professional Boxing Record3 Won- 2 Lost - 0 Draw
Anderson Silva’s Net Worth (Estimated)$14 Million
Anderson Silva's Peak Fighting Salary$500,000 To $820,000
Largest Payout$820,000

In 2013, Anderson Silva lost his title to Chris Weidman and couldn't reclaim his belt after the defeat.

The latter part of Anderson Silva's career was not promising; he only managed to win one fight out of nine.

His sole victorious fight – against Derek Brunson – eventually became the highest-paid bout of his career, earning him $820,000.

Due to a huge social media following, significant brand endorsem*nts, and his illustrious boxing and MMA career, Anderson Silva's net worth is estimated to stand at $14 million.

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5 Ronda Rousey

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Ronda Rousey's Net Worth (Estimated): $14 Million

Combat sports have always been associated primarily with men, and establishing a name in male-dominated sports as a woman is no easy feat.

But "Rowdy" Ronda Rousey pulled it off — she is the first female MMA fighter acquired by the UFC.

In 2012, Rousey fought her first-ever UFC bout against Liz Carmouche at the UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship, and she won.

After her first win in 2013, Ronda Rousey continued to terrorize her opponent, and defended her title four times, comfortably.

Miesha Tate is the only fighter who could survive until the third round against Rousey — typically, she either gets her opponent to submit, or knocks them out in the first round of her twelve-win streak.

Ronda Rousey’s MMA Record12 Won - 2 Lost - 0 Draw
Ronda Rousey’s Net Worth (Estimated)$14 Million
Ronda Rousey's Peak Fighting Salary$1.5 Million To $3 Million
Ronda Rousey’s WWE Salary$1.5 Million
Largest Payout$3 Million

In 2015, Ronda Rousey lost an MMA match to Holly Holm, who landed a kick to Ronda's jaw, and knocked her out.

Fourteen months later, Rousey fought another rising MMA star, Amanda Nunes, but Nunes defeated her through a "Technical Knockout" (TKO).

After this defeat, Ronda never stepped into a UFC fight again.

"Technical Knockout" is a term in MMA lingo, denoting scenarios during which the referee decides that a fighter cannot fight safely, and as such, declares a Knockout.

MMA is not Ronda Rousey’s only bread and butter — she was a Judo fighter, and became the first American woman to bring home a bronze medal for the sport at the Olympics.

Ronda retired from Judo at the age of 21 to pursue her MMA career.

In the latter part of her UFC career, she became an actress and appeared in several notable films, like Expendables 3, Fast 7, and Mile 22.

Rousey's most recent venture is wrestling, which she also conquered by becoming the Raw Women's Champion, a two-time SmackDown Women's Champion, and a Women's Tag-Team Champion.

In 2023, Rousey also left the wrestling ring.

In every discipline, Ronda Rousey excels — and finance is no exception, as she is the richest female UFC fighter, having earned an estimated $14 million fortune in her various endeavors.

4 Georges St. Pierre

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Georges St. Pierre's Net Worth (Estimated): $20 Million

Canadian MMA master Georges St. Pierre is considered (arguably) the greatest UFC fighter of all time, due to his incredible UFC record.

St. Pierre, also called GSP, started his UFC career in 2004.

After winning two fights against Karo Parisyan and Jay Hieron, he had the chance to win the UFC Welterweight belt against one of the greatest UFC fighters, Matt Hughes.

Just seconds before the end of the match, Hughes beat St. Pierre using an armbar submission. However, George "Rush" St. Pierre didn’t back down.

After winning five fights in a row, he again faced rival and opponent Matt Hughes for the Welterweight title.

This time, the relatively new UFC fighter emerged victorious in his fight against a legend of the sport:

In his next fight, he lost the belt to Matt Serra, but as fate would have it, he faced Matt Hughes again for the UFC Welterweight championship.

St. Pierre beat Matt Hughes, and also emerged victorious against Matt Serra — the only two MMA fighters who had beaten him in his entire career.

After winning the Welterweight belt for the second time, GSP never lost a fight, and won 13 fights back to back.

Georges St Pierre’s MMA Record26 Won - 2 Lost - 0 Draw
Georges St Pierre’s Net Worth (Estimated)$20 Million
Georges St Pierre's Peak Fighting Salary$3 Million To $6 Million
Largest Payout$6 Million

A massive reason behind George St. Pierre’s MMA greatness is his mastery of many diverse fighting skills.

He trained as a boxer and wrestler, and also learned the arts of Jiu-Jitsu, karate, Muay Thai, and Kyokushin. Owing to personal reasons and injuries, he relinquished his belt and went on a hiatus from the UFC ring in 2013.

By that time, he earned $3 million to $4.1 million for fights, including bonuses, pay-per-view, and merchandise sales. After a four-year MMA breather, GSP returned to the UFC ring again to face UFC Middleweight champion Michael Bisping.

GSP had beaten Bisping, but retired after the fight, putting his belt down yet again.

But St. Pierre is also an actor, notably appearing in projects such as Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Hitmen.

Now George St. Pierre's net worth stands at an estimated $20 million, the lion's share earned through his legendary MMA career.

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3 Brock Lesnar

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Brock Lesnar's Net Worth (Estimated): $20 Million

Legend of the wrestling ring Brock Lesnar famously decided to change his profession, leaving the WWE to pursue a football career in the NFL.

The South Dakotan giant used to dominate his opponents in wrestling — and he shocked fans of both sports when he left his successful WWE career, trading smackdowns in for touchdowns.

Lesnar didn’t have experience playing professional football before his change of career, not having dabbled in it since high school.

Brock's stint in the NFL was largely unremarkable, though, and he left his team (the Minnesota Vikings) after an accident.

He returned to wrestling – not in WWE, but in New Japan Pro Wrestling – to reach new heights.

But at the peak of his wrestling career in 2007, Brock left wrestling again, for a short-lived but glorious career in the UFC.

Lesnar lost his first fight to Frank Mir, but he came back strong against Heath Herring — and won four consecutive fights, including one opposing his fierce rival, Mir.

Brock Lesnar’s MMA Record5 Won - 3 Lost - 0 Draw
Brock Lesnar’s Net Worth (Estimated)$20 Million
Brock Lesnar's Peak Fighting Salary$2 Million To $6 Million
Brock Lesnar’s Annual WWE Salary$12 Million
Largest Payout$6 Million

In 2010, Lesnar lost his belt to Cain Velasquez, and after his defeat against one of the richest UFC fighters (Alistair Overeem), he retired due to diverticulitis.

Brock stepped back into the WWE ring again in 2012. After beating many wrestlers, he decided to participate in one more event, a UFC fight facing Mark Hunt in 2015.

Lesnar won that fight, but a failed drug test overturned the match result, excluding it from his stats.

That was the last time Brock entered the UFC Octagon, and the first time he received a base price of $2.5 million for a fight.

It is believed that Lesnar took home a huge sum of $6 million from his final fight, including pay-per-view commissions and merchandise sales.

Although a large part of Brock Lesnar's net worth consists of WWE money, the UFC also played a major part in increasing his fortune.

2 Khabib Nurmagomedov

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Khabib Nurmagomedov's Net Worth (Estimated): $40 Million

No one in the UFC arena has achieved what Russian fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov has accomplished.

Khabib Nurmagomedov has never lost an MMA fight or a UFC fight in his career, and he stands as a rare titan in the ring, undefeated by any opponent.

In 2011, Khabib signed a six-fight deal for the UFC lightweight championship. At that time, no one knew they were signing a beast who would humiliate every opponent in the ring.

After besting every opponent from 2012 to 2018, Khabib was up against Al Iaquinta for the UFC Lightweight Championship.

Nurmagomedov thrashed him thoroughly, and won in a unanimous decision.

After that, Khabib fought one of the greatest Lightweight UFC fights ever, against fellow UFC legend Conor McGregor.

Two days before the match between Al Iaquinta and Khabib, McGregor attacked Khabib's bus with a chair, and sources confirmed McGregor was enraged over a scuffle between Nurmagomedov and his longtime coach, Artem Lobov.

Conor McGregor escalated the rivalry far beyond the bounds of decency or playful ribbing, insulting Khabib's family and culture.

His behavior and crass statements were so universally reviled that even the New York Post described it as "a new low" for McGregor.

Khabib said he planned to make Conor McGregor humble — and indeed he did, as he was thrashing McGregor in the ring.

McGregor said his behavior "was just business," but Khabib was furious, punching him and saying "talk now."

This Russian MMA prodigy (who previously fought with a bear) won the match.

But Khabib didn’t stop there — he jumped at McGregor's team and started a fight with them, too.

Due to that string of controversies, the Khabib vs. McGregor bout went down as the biggest PPV event in UFC history, making 2.4 million sales and raking in $180 million.

Khabib’s MMA Record29 Won - 0 Lost - 0 Draw
Khabib’s Net Worth (Estimated)$40 Million
Khabib's Peak Fighting Salary$2 Million To $6.8 Million
Largest Payout$6.8 Million (Two Times)

In the initial part of his career, Khabib was earning $14,000 to $80,000 for his fights, but he received a huge payout of $680,000 for the Lightweight match with Al Iaquinta.

The base price for Khabib for showing up to the McGregor match was set at $2 million, but through PPV commissions, bonuses, and sponsorships, Khabib brought home $6.6 million from his fight with McGregor.

After McGregor, Khabib attained legendary status, and fought and won against Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje, earning almost $6.87 million from both fights.

At the age of 32, Khabib left the UFC ring due to the death of his father (who was a mentor to him), explaining that he could not fight without him.

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1 Conor McGregor

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Conor McGregor's Net Worth (Estimated): $200 Million

Conor McGregor, with a gangster-like appearance and brash personality, may intimidate his opponents and their fans, but there is another factor: he has a huge fan base.

The notorious Conor McGregor is a "tough lad" — he is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and a well-trained boxer and wrestler.

The Irish MMA fighter started his UFC career in 2013, and he won six back-to-back fights before he got the chance to fight for the featherweight championship.

In just 13 seconds, McGregor ended Jose Aldo's unbeatable seven-year, 18-fight reign with his left hook.

This fight still holds the record for the fastest knockout in a title fight, and after it, Conor McGregor commanded the world’s attention.

Conor McGregor’s MMA Record22 Won - 6 Lost - 0 Draw
Conor McGregor’s Net Worth (Estimated)$200 Million
Conor McGregor's Peak Fighting Salary$7 Million To $50 Million
Conor McGregor v. Floyd Mayweather Match Payout$100 Million
Largest UFC Payout$50 Million

An instigator of many controversies, McGregor not only attracted fans, but also lured a significant amount of cash.

In the Jose Aldo match, Conor pocketed $4.5 million, but his largest payout in the UFC was through the Khabib fight, from which he netted a massive $50 million.

Conor McGregor also faced off against one of the greatest boxers of the modern era, Floyd Mayweather, who has a perfect record of 50-0.

As predicted, the Irish UFC fighter lost that boxing match — but won a gigantic $100 million paycheck for his troubles.

In 2021, McGregor sold shares of his whiskey brand Proper No. Twelve, and pocketed around $200 million.

In 2024, he kicked off a foray into acting, starring alongside Jake Gyllenhaal in the hit Amazon Prime film Road House.

Due to his smart business decisions, boxing, and his UFC career, Conor McGregor is the richest UFC fighter right now, with an estimated net worth of $200 million.

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