MMA reap huge financial incentives from the sport owing to pay per view format of the sports.
Although MMA has yet to gain recognition from the International Olympics Committee, it is, nevertheless, a serious sports, not least because of big money that a fighter can make.
These are the heroes of the Mixed Martial Arts world. Fighters who have taken their rightful places as champions of Ultimate Fighting Championship in the various divisions.
Net Worth $125 million
On August 26, 2017, McGregor undertook his debut boxing match with Floyd Mayweather Jr. Although McGregor was defeated by Mayweather, he was the biggest pay-per-view (PPV) draw in MMA history, having also headlined five out of the six highest-selling UFC pay-per-view events. His boxing match with Mayweather drew 4.3 million PPV buys in North America, the second most in history.
For that fight with Mayweather, Conor McGregor made about $125 million. As of 2021, this Irish born MMA fighter is worth an estimated $120 million.
Net Worth $40 million
Khabib Nurmagomedov is a former Russian mixed martial artist. Nurmagomedov is probably one of the greatest fighters the square has ever seen.
Khabib held an undefeated record of 29 wins and zero losses during his active years. He retired from the UFC in 2020, after being the longest-reigning UFC Lightweight Champion. He held the title from 2018 until his retirement in 2020. Today, Khabib is one of the most popular Russians in the world with over 24 million followers on his Instagram.
As of 2021, this ex-MMA fighter is thought to have a net worth of $40 million.
Georges St Pierre
Net Worth $30 million
This French-Canadian is one of the greatest MMA fighters the UFC has known. George St-Pierre was a two-division champion in the UFC, taking champion spots in the welterweight and middleweight divisions.
St-Pierre was ranked as the #1 welterweight in the world for several years by Sherdog and numerous other publications.
In 2008, 2009, and 2010 he was named the Canadian Athlete of the Year by Rogers Sportsnet. Fight Matrix lists him as the top MMA welterweight of all time and most accomplished fighter in MMA history. St Pierre retired in 2017 from professional fights, but not before he defeated Michael Bisping by submission to win the Middleweight title, becoming the fourth fighter in the history of the UFC to be a multi-division champion.
As of 2021, this French Canadian is estimated to have a net worth of $30 million.
Net Worth $15 million
Tito Ortiz is the CEO of Punishment Athletics MMA equipment and clothing line. He also owns an MMA training gym called Punishment Training Center, which is located in his hometown of Huntington Beach, California.
On July 7, 2012, Ortiz became the ninth inductee into the UFC Hall of Fame. On November 5, 2020, Ortiz was announced as one of the winners of the Huntington Beach City Council election, becoming Mayor for the time being.
In his professional life, Ortiz is signed on by the Combate Americas promotion. Ortiz was former Light Heavyweight Champion with the UFC, holding the title from April 14, 2000, to September 26, 2003.
Along with fighters like Randy Couture and Chuck Liddell, Ortiz was one of the sport’s early stars.
As of 2021, this Mayor of Huntington Beach City Council is thought to have a personal wealth of some $15 million.
Net Worth $18 million
This ex-military man is also a retired MMA fighter and former Greco-Roman wrestler. During his tenures in the UFC, he held the UFC heavyweight championship three times and was also a twice UFC Light heavyweight Champion, an interim UFC Light heavyweight Champion. This made him a six-time UFC Champion and the UFC 13 Heavyweight Tournament winner.
He is the first of seven fighters to hold two UFC championship titles in two different divisions.
Couture was known to use his wrestling skills effectively, especially to take down his opponent. He has also been inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame.
As of 2021, Couture is thought to have a net worth of $18 million. He’s also famous for his role in the Expendables franchise.
Net Worth $15 million
The only woman on our list, Ronda Rousey is a former MMA fighter and a Judo exponent.
Since her win at the 2008 Summer Olympics with a bronze, Rhona Rousey turned her focus to MMA and won her debut for King of the Cage. She then signed with Strikeforce before it was acquired by UFC in 2011. She was, therefore, the last female Women’s Bantamweight Champion for Strikeforce before the acquisition by UFC.
Rousey has since forayed into acting and professional wrestling.
As of 2021, Rousey is estimated to have built up a net worth of about $15 million.
Net Worth $15 million
Currently signed on to Elevation Fight Team, Alistair Overeem is a Dutch MMA fighter. As a teenager, he began training in kickboxing and Muay Thai which led to him training in mixed martial arts. He won his first professional fight in the 90s at age 19.
He is a former Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion, DREAM Heavyweight Champion, K-1 World Grand Prix Champion, and one of two fighters to hold world titles in both MMA and K-1 kickboxing at the same time.
As of October 28, 2020, he is placed at number 5 in the UFC heavyweight rankings
Net Worth $10 million
Now a sports analyst, actor, and commentator, Michael Bisping was a mixed martial artist who competed in the Middleweight division of the UFC.
Bisping turned professional in 2004, and has held the UFC Middleweight Champion, the Cage Rage Light Heavyweight Champion and The Ultimate Fighter 3 Light Heavyweight tournament winner. He was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame on 5 July 2019.
Bisping had his start in kickboxing, and after his second Pro British win, he had to leave his professional training to work at a “real job”. In addition to working at factories, slaughterhouses, and demolition companies, he was also an upholsterer, postman, tiler, plasterer, and salesman.
As of 2021, Michael Bisping is estimated to have a net worth of about $10 million.
Net Worth $15 million
Chuck Liddell has comprehensive background in Kenpo, Karate, and Kickboxing, as well as a “grappling” background in collegiate wrestling and Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
He was an MMA fighter and former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. Liddell had 23 fights in the UFC. Together with Randy Couture, is Liddell credited with bringing MMA into the mainstream of American sports and entertainment. On July 10, 2009, he was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame.
In 2010 he retired, but on April 14, 2018, Liddell announced that he was coming out of retirement to target a third fight with Tito Ortiz. The fight took place on November 24, 2018, under Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions. Liddell lost the fight via knockout in the first round.
As of 2021, Chuck Liddell is estimated to have a personal fortune of about $15 million.
Net Worth $24 million
B.J. Penn was a professional mixed martial artist and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner. Penn competed in the UFC and in K-1.
Penn was the first American Gold medalist of the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship. In mixed martial arts, Penn has competed in the Featherweight, Lightweight, Welterweight, and Middleweight divisions. A former UFC Lightweight Champion and UFC Welterweight Champion, he is the second of seven fighters in UFC history to win titles in multiple weight classes.
Through his tenures as champion, Penn unofficially unified the UFC Lightweight Championship (against Sean Sherk) and broke the all-time lightweight title defense record. In 2015, Penn was made the inaugural inductee into the Modern- Era Wing of the UFC Hall of Fame.
As of May 2020, it would have been one year since fans last saw Penn in the octagon, however, it seems Penn is in no hurry to rush back in.
Of fighting again, Penn said, “It takes a lot of work,”. “It takes too much. Too much fking work. At this age, it just takes too much fking work. You never know what’s going to happen, but it takes so much work”.