UFC has come a long way since the days it was a no rule fighting event. Amateur fighters used to enter the Octagon with the expectation of earning slightly more money than in regular wrestling bouts, but with significantly greater dangers involved. So who is the richest UFC fighter in 2022? Find out in this read.
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Mixed martial arts (MMA) has become very popular in recent years. Thanks to its popularity, the industry has attracted many fighters for their courageous acts. Some have even turned their salaries into fortunes through wise financial investments. So who are the top 30 richest MMA artists and the richest UFC fighter in 2022? Hang around for answers.
Who is the richest UFC fighter?
30. Miesha Tate ($6 million)
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Miesha Tate is an American female martial artist with a net worth of $6 million. She is a former Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Champion with a silver medal in the FILA Grappling Championships.
29. Andrei Arlovski ($6 million)
Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Andrei Arlovski has a net worth of about $6 million. He is also an actor, but he currently competes for the Strikeforce promotion.
28. Mauricio Rua ($6.5 million)
Brazilian professional mixed martial artist Mauricio Rua is best known for winning the 2010 UFC Light Heavyweight Championship against Lyoto Machida. He has an estimated net worth of $6.5 million.
27. Randy Couture ($7 million)
Randy is best known for winning three UFC Heavyweight Championships and two Light Heavyweight Championships. Allegedly, he is valued at $7 million in 2022.
26. Forrest Griffin ($7 million)
Retired mixed martial artist Forrest Griffin is ranked among the well-earning UFC fighter with an estimated net worth of $7 million.
25. Nate Diaz ($8 million)
Professional MMA wrestler Nate Diaz is the younger brother of current Octagon fighter Nick Diaz. He has competed in World Pancrase, Extreme Cagefighting, and Strikeforce and is allegedly valued at $8 million.
24. Matt Hughes ($8 million)
Matt Hughes won his first UFC Welterweight championship in 2001 and remained the champion until UFC 46. His current worth is believed to be around $8 million.
23. Eddie Alvarez ($8 million)
Eddie Alvarez is the current UFC Lightweight Champion. He is the first and only wrestler to win championships in the UFC and Bellator MMA. Eddie is valued at an estimated $8 million.
22. Dan Henderson ($8 million)
Dan Henderson started his wrestling career when schooling and won the 1987 and 1988 California State Wrestling Championships. He retired from the championships in 2016 after losing a match to Michael Bisping. His worth is believed to be around $8 million.
21. Anderson Silva ($8 million)
Anderson Silva, better known as The Spider, is one of the most successful fighters in MMA and is valued at around $8 million. He held the UFC Middleweight Title for longer than any other fighter and is considered one of the greatest MMA fighters of all time.
20. Rashad Evans ($8.5 million)
The former Light Heavyweight Division champion is signed to the UFC and is also a blackbelt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Gaidojuts. He has an estimated net worth of $8.5 million.
19. Michael Bisping ($9 million)
The Former English fighter and current sports analyst and commentator, Michael Bisping is valued at around $9 million in 2022. He is known for his zeal and titles, such as the UFC Middleweight championship.
18. José Aldo Jr. ($9 million)
Jose Aldo Jr. holds titles such as three UFC Featherweight championships and the WEC (World Extreme Cagefighting) championship. In 2021, he became one of the top 5 bantamweight fighters in the UFC. Allegedly he has a net worth of $9 million in 2022.
17. Urijah Faber ($9 million)
UFC and NCAA wrestler Urijah Faber is also valued at around $9 million. He is best known for wins such as the 2006 WEC Featherweight Championship.
16. Donald Cerrone ($9 million)
Donald Cerrone, also known as "Cowboy", is ranked among the top 5 UFC lightweight fighters globally. He is also considered the busiest fighter in the UFC. It is believed that he is valued at around $9 million.
15. Yoel Romero ($10 million)
Yoel Romero, the Cuban mixed martial artist made his debut in April 2013 with a win against Clifford Starks in the Knockout. It is estimated that his value in 2022 is $10 million.
14. Junior dos Santos ($10 million)
Junior dos Santos began fighting in UFC's Heavyweight division in 2008. He was the 2012 UFC Heavyweight Champion. Junior's net worth is believed to be around $10 million.
13. Chael Sonnen ($10 million)
Retired American Mixed Martial Artist Chael Sonnen has an estimated net worth of $10 million. Besides UFC, he has also competed in Pacrase, WEC, and Bellator MMA.
12. Alistair Overeem ($10 million)
Mixed Martial Artist Alistair Overeem won his first UFC Championship bout in 2011. His career is rising, and his net worth in 2022 is believed to be around $10 million.
11. Frank Mir ($11 million)
Two-time UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir carries the current record for most victories, and most submission wins in UFC Heavyweight history. Allegedly he has a net worth of $11 million in 2022.
10. Chuck Liddell ($12 million)
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship Light Heavyweight Champion Chuck Liddell is one of the richest fighters, with an estimated net worth of $12 million. He was officially inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame in 2009.
9. Ronda Rousey ($13 million)
Who is the richest female UFC fighter? All sources point to Ronda Rousey, the most famous and successful female MMA fighter with an estimated net worth of $13 million.
8. Wanderlei Silva ($18 million)
Brazilian boxer and Mixed Martial Artist Wanderlei Silva is best known for his aggressive fighting style that incorporated street brawling elements. Allegedly, he has a net worth of around $18 million.
7. Fedor Emelianenko ($18 million)
Russian politician and retired heavyweight mixed martial artist Fedor Emelianenko is considered one of the most accomplished mixed martial artists. Fedor Emelianenko's net worth in 2022 is believed to be $18 million.
6. Tito Ortiz ($20 million)
Former UFC fighter was once a UFC Light Heavyweight Champion before transitioning to Bellator MMA. He was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame in 2012. Tito Ortiz's net worth is estimated to be $20 million.
5. Brock Lesnar ($25 million)
Perhaps better known for WWE, Brock Lesnar is an American professional wrestler and former Mixed Martial Artist. Before joining WWE, he was in UFC. According to sources, his net worth in 2022 is estimated to be $25 million.
4. Georges St-Pierre ($30 million)
Retired Canadian mixed martial artist Georges St-Pierre, better known as "GSP," is ranked one of the best fighters in MMA history. He won the most title bouts in UFC history before retiring in 2020. His net worth in 2022 is estimated at $30 million.
3. Khabib Nurmagomedov ($40 million)
Former Russian mixed martial artist Khabib Nurmagomedov is the longest-reigning UFC Lightweight Champion. He held the title from 2018 until his retirement in 2020. Khabib's net worth in 2022 is believed to be $40 million.
2. Rorion Gracie ($50 million)
Rorion Gracie is one of the richest MMA fighters, with an estimated net worth of $50 million. He is part of the esteemed Gracie family and a co-founder of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
1. Conor McGregor ($200 million)
- Approximately $100 million was earned from his August 2017 fight against Floyd Mayweather.
- $50 million earned from his October 2018 fight against Khabib.
- An estimated $200 million pre-tax earnings from the April 2021 sale of his whiskey brand Proper No. Twelve.
There are several well earning wrestlers in UFC. The richest UFC fighter in 2022 is believed to be Conor McGregor with a net worth of $200 million. Who is your favourite fighter?
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