MMA has surpassed boxing in popularity in recent years, and fighters’ net worths are beginning to reflect this.
If you’re a fan of mixed martial arts, have you ever wondered how much your favorite fighters earn and who ranks among the wealthiest?
We’ve compiled this definitive list of the world’s 20 richest MMA fighters, along with their current net worth.
These figures were obtained directly from Forbes and Celebrity Net Worth.
Below is a list of the world’s top 20 richest MMA fighters:
1. Conor McGregor
Net worth: $110 Million
Conor McGregor is a professional MMA fighter from Ireland who competes in the UFC. He’s also one of the most infamous competitors in MMA, having risen to prominence over the last couple of years.
Surprisingly, the majority of McGregor’s financial worth has come from sources other than his MMA victories.
It originates from his professional boxing debut against none other than Floyd Mayweather. Conor McGregor claims first place in the world’s top 20 richest MMA fighters list, with an estimated net worth of $110 million.
2. Rorion Gracie
Net worth: $50 Million
Rorion Gracie is a Brazilian-American Grand Master of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, a writer, publisher, producer, and presenter, as well as the co-founder of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
He is one of the few people in the world to hold a 9th-degree red belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and is credited with popularizing Gracie/Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.
Rorion Gracie is one of the world’s richest MMA fighters, with a net worth of $50 million.
3. Khabib Nurmagomedov
Net Worth: $30 Million
Khabib Nurmagomedov is a Russian MMA fighter who competes professionally. He is also the reigning UFC Lightweight Champion and a two-time Combat Sambo World Champion.
Khabib currently maintains the longest active undefeated streak in MMA, with 28 victories and no losses.
4. George St-Pierre
Net worth: $30 Million
George St-Pierre is a mixed martial artist from Canada and a three-time former UFC Welterweight Champion.
Many believe him to be one of the all-time great MMA fighters. With a net worth of $30 million, George St. Pierre is among the world’s richest MMA fighters.
5. Brock Edward Lesnar
Net worth: $28 Million
Brock Edward Lesnar is a US-based professional wrestler. He was also a former professional MMA fighter and a professional American football player.
Lesnar is a former UFC Heavyweight Champion who now competes in the WWE. With a net worth of $28 million, he has established himself as one of the world’s most successful and richest MMA fighters.
6. Jay Dee Penn
Net worth: $22 Million
Jay Dee Penn is a professional MMA fighter and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner from the United States of America.
Penn formerly held the UFC’s Lightweight and Welterweight titles. In history, just two other fighters have won titles in various weight divisions.
BJ Penn’s net worth is around $22 million, earning him a spot on our list.
7. Anderson Silva
Net worth: $18 Million
Anderson Silva is a former UFC Middleweight Champion and a Brazilian mixed martial artist. Silva owns the UFC’s longest title streak, with 16 consecutive victories and ten title defenses.
Anderson Silva is one of the wealthiest MMA fighters globally, estimated to be worth $18 million.
8. Fedor Emelianenko
Net Worth: $18 Million
Fedor Emelianenko is a heavyweight MMA fighter from Russia. He is also a sambist and judoka.
Fedor is presently a competitor in the Bellator Mixed Martial Arts Championships.
Emelianenko has received various distinctions in mixed martial arts over the years, including the following:
- Submission/Beatdown of the Year (2008)
- Knockout of the Year (2009)
- The heavyweight of the year
- Fighter of the Year
- Fight of the Decade (the 2000’s)
Fedor Emelianenko’s projected net worth is $18 million in 2021.
9. Wanderlei Silva
Net Worth: $18 Million
Wanderlei Silva is a mixed martial artist from Brazil who has participated in the Pride Fighting Championships in Japan and the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Silva holds the PRIDE records for most wins, knockouts, championship defenses, and winning streaks.
He also competed in the Middleweight weight class. Wanderlei Silva’s net worth is around $18 million, making him the world’s ninth richest MMA fighter.
10. Randy Couture
Net worth: $17 Million
Randy Couture is an actor, retired US Army Sergeant, and former mixed martial artist from the United States of America.
Couture competed in the Ultimate Fighting Championship and won six championships. As previously stated, just three boxers have ever won crowns in several weight divisions.
Randy is one of them, while Conor McGregor and BJ Penn are the other two. Randy Couture’s net worth is approximately $17 million.
11. Jacob Christopher “Tito” Ortiz
Net worth: $15 Million
Jacob Christopher “Tito” Ortiz is a former MMA fighter United States. He was a huge hit with the UFC crowd, and several of his battles were the most-watched Pay-Per-View bouts of all time.
Tito Ortiz is also a former UFC Light-Heavyweight Champion with a $15 million net worth, making him one of the wealthiest mixed martial artists in the world.
12. Chuck Liddell
Net worth: $14 Million
Chuck Liddell is a former MMA fighter from the United States and a former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. He was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame in 2009.
According to sources, Chuck Liddell has a net worth of $14 million.
13. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson
NetWorth: $12 Million
Quinton “Rampage” Jackson is an MMA fighter, actor, and former professional wrestler from the United States. Jackson is also a former UFC Light-Heavyweight Champion who has since been in many films.
Rampage Quinton Jackson has a net worth of $12 million.
14. Ronda Rousey
Net worth: $12 Million
Ronda Rousey is an MMA fighter, judoka, and actress from the United States. Additionally, she is the only female mixed martial artist on this list.
Rousey began her career as a Judo athlete before making her way to the UFC. She is also a former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion who has won 12 straight mixed martial arts bouts.
15. Frank Mir
Net worth: $11 Million
Frank Mir is a US-based mixed martial artist who competes in the Bellator MMA Heavyweight division. Prior to competing in Bellator, he spent 16 years as a UFC fighter.
Mir is also a former UFC Heavyweight champion and holds the UFC Heavyweight record for most fights, victories, and submits.
16. Chael Sonnen
Net Worth: $10 Million
Chael Sonnen is an MMA fighter from the United States who signed a contract with Bellator MMA and competes in the Light Heavyweight class. Sonnen has also fought in the UFC, the WEC, and Pancrase.
Chael Sonnen has a net worth of $10 million, which earns him a spot on the list.
17. Jon Jones
Net worth: $10 Million
Jon Jones is a US-based MMA fighter and a three-time UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. Jon returned to the UFC in 2015 after being stripped of his title and ranking for committing a ‘Hit & Run’ offense.
He reclaimed the Light-Heavyweight title in 2017 but has since tested positive for ‘performance-enhancing chemicals,’ igniting additional controversy.
18. Junior dos Santos
Net worth: $10 Million
Junior dos Santos is an MMA fighter from Brazil and a former UFC Heavyweight Champion. He is currently ranked #4 in the UFC’s Heavyweight division.
Junior is worth around $10 million.
19. Jose Aldo
Net worth: $9 Million
José Aldo is a Brazilian MMA fighter who competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He was also the fourth and final WEC Featherweight Champion.
Plus, he was the inaugural UFC Featherweight Champion following the merging of the UFC and the WEC.
20. Michael Bisping
Net worth: $9 Million
Michael Bisping is a former MMA fighter, sports pundit, actor, and commentator from the United Kingdom.
Bisping was also the UFC’s Middleweight Champion and was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame earlier this year. Michael Bisping has a net worth of around $9 million.