Mixed Martial Arts is tough and requires tons of passion and determination. One cannot just wish to be a mixed martial artist today, pursue it tomorrow, and gain fame the other day. They have to dedicate years to understand the dynamics inside the octagon.
MMA is the most real and the most unfiltered version of the feuds that we see on screen. When individuals make a sport the center of their life, especially a difficult sport like MMA, money has to follow their way.
The MMA fighters have accumulated a significant amount of wealth from their career. Here, we have listed the top 20 richest MMA fighters in the world.
The list comprises MMA fighters’ net worth, background, and a brief overview of their career. Read till the end to know who the richest MMA fighter is.
Top 20 Richest MMA Fighters in the World
20. Michael Bisping (Net Worth: $9 Million)
Michael Bisping is a retired British mixed martial artist. He is also a sports analyst, commentator, and actor.
He fought in the middleweight and light heavyweight division of the UFC, becoming the first British fighter to have competed in a UFC main event (from UFC 78).
Similarly, Bisping is the first British fighter to have won a UFC Championship and stands as the only British fighter to have done so. Moreover, he is in the UFC Hall of Fame.
As of 2021, Michael Bisping is the 20th richest MMA fighter in the world, with a net worth of $9 Million.
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19. Jose Aldo (Net Worth: $9 Million)
José Aldo da Silva Oliveira Jr. currently ranks #4 in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bantamweight rankings. The Brazilian mixed martial artist transitioned to bantamweight in 2019.
He is also the former UFC featherweight champion overall, having won the title thrice. The Sherdog also named him the 2009 Fighter of the Year.
Similarly, Aldo remained undefeated for a decade from 2005 to 2015. In addition, he won 18 straight fights for the time being.
As of 2021, Jose Aldo’s net worth is estimated to be $9 million, making him the 19th richest MMA fighter in the world.
18. Donald Cerrone (Net Worth: $9 Million)
Donald Antony Cerrone, also known as Cowboy, currently fights at the welterweight division of the UFC. The American mixed martial artist holds the record of having most bouts in the UFC at 37.
Similarly, he grabbed the record of having the most wins at UFC with his 23 victories. He also has the highest number of post-fight bonus awards having 18 of it and most knockdowns with 20 in the UFC.
Donald Cerrone currently has a net worth of $9 Million, making him the 18th richest MMA fighter in the world.
17. Yoel Romero (Net Worth: $10 Million)
Yoel Romero Palacio is a mixed martial artist from Cuba. He is currently affiliated with Bellator MMA and competes in the Light Heavyweight division.
He was also associated with the UFC, competing in the middleweight division. Also, he is a former freestyle wrestler.
The MMA audience recognizes him as one of the most athletic artists in MMA.
Yoel Romero is currently the 18th richest MMA fighter globally with a wealth accumulation of $10 Million.
16. Junior Dos Santos (Net Worth: $10 Million)
Junior dos Santos Almeida is a former UFC heavyweight champion. The Brazilian professional mixed martial artist had victories over some of the toughest MMA fighters.
He paved the path from small Brazil-based promotion to UFC, working as a professional MMA fighter for almost 15 years. The UFC released him on March 3, 2021.
As of 2021, Junior Dos Santos has a net worth of $10 Million. He stands strong as the 17th richest MMA fighter in the world.
15. Chael Sonnen (Net Worth: $10 Million)
Chael Patrick Sonnen is a retired American mixed martial artist. He currently works as a mixed martial arts (MMA) analyst and submission grappling promoter.
He had several victories in light heavyweight, middleweight, and heavyweight categories over world champions. Sonnen, however, never won a UFC Championship.
Similarly, Sonnen is one of the best MMA analysts. He is now indulged in Submission Underground (SUG), his own venture for a submission wrestling promotion.
Chael Sonnen has a net worth of $10 Million, making him the 16th richest MMA fighter in the world as of 2021.
14. Alistair Overeem (Net Worth: $10 Million)
The Dutch professional mixed martial artist Alistair Cees Overeem was the first fighter to receive world titles in Mixed Martial Arts and K-1 kickboxing simultaneously.
He was a challenger for the UFC heavyweight title. He is also a former Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion.
Similarly, he was a DREAM Heavyweight Champion and K-1 World Grand Prix Champion.
Alistair Overeem has a net worth of $10 million, making him the 14th richest MMA fighter in the world.
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13. Frank Mir (Net Worth: $11 Million)
Francisco Santos Mir III is a mixed martial artist and also a professional wrestler. He recently competed in the heavyweight division for the Bellator MMA after competing in the UFC for 16 years.
He has been the UFC heavyweight champion twice. Moreover, he is the record holder for having the most finishes and the most submission wins in the history of UFC Heavyweight.
Mir is also into professional wrestling since 2019, and he got into boxing recently in 2021. He has also worked as a color commentator.
As of 2021, Frank Mir has a net worth of $11 Million, making him the 13th richest MMA fighter in the world.
12. Chuck Liddell (Net Worth: $12 Million)
The former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, Charles David Liddell, first retired in December 2010. But he returned in April 2018. He then announced his second retirement in March 2020.
The American mixed martial artist practiced and executed everything from Karate, Kenpo, and Kickboxing to wrestling and Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
Having fought in 23 MMA fights, Liddel contributed a lot to leading MMA towards becoming a part of mainstream American sports and entertainment. He is also in the UFC Hall of Fame since 2009.
Chuck Liddel is the 12th richest MMA fighter in the world as of 2021, having a net worth of $12 Million.
11. Ronda Rousey (Net Worth: $13 Million)
Ronda Jean Rousey is a retired American mixed martial artist. She is also a professional wrestler and a judoka.
She was the UFC women’s bantamweight champion and held the record of having most UFC title defenses for women. Likewise, she is the first female fighter to get inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame.
She also has a pretty successful WWE career, winning the Raw Women’s Championship. Moreover, she is the first female fighter to have won both WWE and UFC Championships.
As of 2021, Ronda Rousey is the 11th richest MMA fighter in the world, with a net worth of $13 Million.
Rousey paved the path, and we now look forward to seeing more women fighters on the top 20 richest MMA fighters in the world list. More power to this superwoman!
10. Randy Couture (Net Worth: $17 Million)
Randy Duane Couture is a retired mixed martial artist. He is also a former US army sergeant and former collegiate and Greco-Roman wrestler, and an actor.
He won the UFC heavyweight championship thrice, UFC light heavyweight championship twice, and an interim UFC light heavyweight championship.
Couture is in the UFC Hall of Fame. In fact, he even won a UFC championship after being a Hall of Famer. Moreover, he is the oldest fighter to have won a UFC championship.
As of 2021, Randy Couture has a net worth of $17 Million. He is the 10th richer MMA fighter in the world.
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9. Wanderlei Silva (Net Worth: $18 Million)
The Brazilian American mixed martial artist Wanderlei César da Silva has competed in the UFC. He has also fought in Japan’s Pride Fighting Championships.
Similarly, he recently fought for the Bellator MMA in the heavyweight and light heavyweight divisions.
He is the fighter with the highest number of wins, title defenses, knockouts, and longest winning streak in PRIDE history.
Moreover, Silva is the former PRIDE Middleweight Champion and the 2003 PRIDE Middleweight Grand Prix Tournament Champion.
Wanderlei Silva has a net worth of $18 Million, standing tall and proud as the 8th richest MMA fighter in the world.
8. Fedor Emelianenko (Net Worth: $18 Million)
Fedor Vladimirovich Emelianenko currently fights for the Bellator MMA and Rizin Fighting Federation. The Russian mixed martial artist competes in the heavyweight category.
He is also a Sambist (Sambo: Soviet martial art) and a judoka. In MMA, he has fought against and won over several world champions.
American sports magazine Sports Illustrated named him as one of the top MMA fighters of the 2000s.
As of 2021, Fedor Emelianenko has a net worth of $18 Million and is the 8th richest MMA fighter in the world.
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7. Tito Ortiz (Net Worth: $20 Million)
Jacob Christopher “Tito” Ortiz is an American mixed martial artist popular for his stints with the UFC. He is a former light heavyweight champion.
He is also into politics. Further, Ortiz is currently associated with the mixed martial arts franchise Combate Global. He is also the CEO of Huntington Beach-based Punishment Athletics MMA equipment and clothing line.
He was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame in 2012 as the ninth inductee.
Tito Ortiz is the 7th richest MMA fighter in the world as of 2021, with a net worth of $20 Million.
6. BJ Penn (Net Worth: $22 Million)
Jay Dee “B.J.” Penn III is a professional mixed martial artist who has been the UFC Lightweight Champion and UFC Welterweight Champion. He competed in all of Featherweight, Welterweight, Lightweight, and Middleweight divisions.
He is also a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner, becoming the first Gold medalist of the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship from the United States.
Penn is considered one of the greatest lightweight fighters in the history of MMA. He set various records and won against various MMA champions.
BJ Penn has a net worth of $22 Million, making him the 6th richest MMA fighter in the world.
5. Brock Lesnar (Net Worth: $25 Million)
The American-Canadian retired mixed martial artist Brock Lesnar began his career at UFC in 2006. However, he is a very popular wrestler currently affiliated with WWE. In fact, Lesnar is the longest-reigning WWE Universal Champion ever.
The UFC cherished Lesnar as the box office sensation as he was part of many bestselling pay-per-view events. Consequently, he is one of the richest MMA fighters in the world.
Moreover, he is a one-time UFC heavyweight champion.
He retired from MMA because of an injury. His last statement as a mixed martial artist in 2011 was: “tonight was the last time you’ll see me in the octagon.” However, Lesnar returned to MMA again in 2015.
He is also a football player. The Minnesota Vikings of NFL signed him; however, his football career ended due to a groin injury.
Brock Lesnar has a net worth of $25 Million as of 2021. He is the 5th richest MMA fighter in the world.
4. Georges St-Pierre (Net Worth: $30 Million)
Georges St-Pierre is a former professional mixed martial artist from Canada. The MMA audience worldwide regards him as one of the finest mixed martial artists ever.
He won championships in the welterweight and middleweight division. In fact, he is the three-time welterweight champion of UFC as he won the welterweight championship twice and the interim title once.
The Sherdog ranked St-Pierre as the #1 welterweight fighter in the world for several years.
As of 2021, Georges St-Pierre has a net worth of $30 Million, making him the 4th richest MMA fighter in the world.
3. Khabib Nurmagomedov (Net Worth: $40 Million)
The Russian mixed martial arts promoter Khabib Abdulmanapovich Nurmagomedov owns and runs the Eagle Fighting Championship. He is a retired mixed martial artist who fought in the lightweight and welterweight division.
He was also the longest-reigning UFC champion. Moreover, he retired without having any losses and 29 wins, making an undefeated record.
Khabib is pro at sambo, judo, and wrestling. Further, he happens to be the first Muslim to have won a UFC title, and the highest followed Russian on Instagram.
As of 2021, Khabib Nurmagomedov is the 3rd richest MMA fighter in the world, having a net worth of $40 Million.
2. Rorion Gracie (Net Worth: $50 Million)
Rorion Gracie comes from the Gracie family (a prominent martial arts family who created the self-defense martial arts system of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, popularly known as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu). He is also the co-founder of the UFC.
Rorion is also a Brazilian jiu-jitsu grandmaster like his father, uncles, cousins, and other family members. In addition, he is also a writer, producer, and lecturer.
Rorion, coming from a family of martial artists, is the second richest MMA fighter in the world. He has a net worth of $50 Million.
1. Conor McGregor (Net Worth: $200 Million)
Conor Anthony McGregor is a former UFC featherweight and lightweight double-champion. The Irish mixed martial artist ranks #5 in the UFC lightweight rankings.
Likewise, he happens to be the first fighter in UFC history to have grasped titles in two weight divisions simultaneously.
He is also one of the highest-selling UFC pay-per-view fighters in MMA history. Moreover, Forbes ranked McGregor as the highest-paid athlete in the world in 2021.
Likewise, he made it to the number 4 of the same list in 2018.
As of 2021, Conor McGregor is the richest MMA fighter in the world, having a net worth of $200 Million.
McGregor’s wealth is four times higher than that of Rorion Gracie, who came in at second on our ‘Top 20 Richest MMA Fighters in the world’ list.
We have listed the name of the top 20 richest MMA fighters in the world below. The fighter with the highest net worth comes first on the list.
- Conor McGregor
- Rorion Gracie
- Khabib Nurmagomedov
- Georges St-Pierre
- Brock Lesnar
- BJ Penn
- Toto Ortiz
- Fedor Emelianenko
- Wanderlei Silva
- Randy Couture
- Ronda Rousey
- Chuck Liddel
- Frank Mir
- Alistair Overeem
- Chael Sonnen
- Junior Dos Santos
- Yoel Romero
- Donald Cerrone
- Jose Aldo
- Michael Bisping
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