The Top 20 Richest MMA Fighters in the World 2017

The Top 20 Richest MMA Fighters in the World 2017

Who are the richest MMA fighters in the world?

MMA has risen to become more popular than boxing in recent years, and the fighter’s net worth’s are starting to reflect that fact.

If you’re an MMA fan, have you ever wondered how much your favorite fighters make, and who’s on the list of the richest?

 

Top 20 Richest MMA Fighters in the World

We’ve put together this ultimate list of the 20 richest MMA fighters in the world, and how much they’re currently worth. These numbers have come straight from Forbes and Celebrity Net Worth.

Here are the top 20 richest MMA fighters in the world:

 

1. Conor McGregor

Net Worth: $85 Million

Conor McGregor is an Irish professional MMA fighter in the UFC. He’s also one of the most notorious fighters in the MMA, and has become an incredible sensation over the past couple of years.

Funnily enough, the majority of McGregor’s net worth hasn’t come from his MMA fights. It’s actually come from recently making his boxing debut against the one and only Floyd Mayweather.

Conor McGregor is the richest MMA fighter in the world, with an estimated net worth of $85 million.

“The more you seek the uncomfortable, the more you will become comfortable.” – Conor McGregor

2. Rorian Gracie

Net Worth: $50 Million

Rorion Gracie is a Brazilian-American Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Grand Master, writer, publisher, producer, lecturer, and the co-founder of the UFC.

He is one of the few people in the world to hold a 9th degree red belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and is known for introducing Gracie/Brazilian Jiu-jitsu to the world.

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Rorian Gracie is one of the richest MMA fighters in the world, with a net worth of $50 million.

“In life, nothing happens to you. It happens for you.” – Rorian Gracie

3. Georges St. Pierre

Net Worth: $25 Million

Georges St-Pierre is a Canadian mixed martial artist, and a three-time former Welterweight Champion of the UFC. Many consider him to be one of the greatest MMA fighters of all time.

Georges St. Pierre made the list of richest MMA fighters in the world with a net worth of $25 million.

“For me, personally, when I’m afraid of something – when you’re afraid of something, normally you try to go away, you try to avoid it. Instead of avoiding it, to overcome your fear, I believe you need to embrace it.” – Georges St. Pierre

4. BJ Penn

Net Worth: $22 Million

Jay Dee Penn is an American professional mixed martial artist and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner.

Penn has previously won both the Lightweight and Welterweight UFC Championships. Only two other fighters in history have won titles in multiple weight classes.

BJ Penn’s net worth in 2017 is $22 million.

“In this country, you gotta make the money first. Then when you get the money, you get the power. Then when you get the power, then you get the women.” – BJ Penn

5. Brock Lesnar

Net Worth: $22 Million

Brock Edward Lesnar is an American professional wrestler and former professional mixed martial artist, and professional American football player.

Lesnar is the former UFC Heavyweight Champion; however he currently wrestles in the WWE. With a net worth of $22 million, he’s proven to be one of the most successful and richest MMA fighters worldwide.

“I’m a big believer in living out your dreams and facing your fears.” – Brock Lesnar

6. Anderson Silva

Net Worth: $18 Million

Anderson Silva is a Brazilian mixed martial artist and former UFC Middleweight Champion. Silva holds the longest title streak in UFC history with 16 consecutive wins and 10 title defenses.

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Anderson Silva is one of the richest MMA fighters in the world with an estimated net worth of $18 million.

“I think you should try… not to try to be better than everyone around you, but try to be better than yourself everyday.” – Anderson Silva

7. Fedor Emelianenko

Net Worth: $18 Million

Fedor Emelianenko is a Russian heavyweight mixed martial artist, sambist, and judoka. He currently competes in the Bellator MMA Championships.

Emelianenko has earned numerous MMA accolades over the years, including the following:

  • Submission/Beatdown of the Year (2008)
  • Knockout of the Year (2009)
  • Heavyweight of the Year
  • Fighter of the Year
  • Fight of the Decade (2000’s)

Fedor Emelianenko’s net worth in 2017 is estimated to be $18 million.

“Most importantly, you have to stay true to yourself as well as those fans who made you who you are as an athlete.” – Fedor Emelianenko

8. Wanderlei Silva

Net Worth: $18 Million

Wanderlei Silva is a Brazilian mixed martial artist who has competed in Japan’s Pride Fighting Championships and the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Silva holds the record for the most wins, knockouts, title defenses, and longest winning streak in PRIDE history. He fought in the Middleweight division.

Wanderlei Silva’s net worth is estimated to be $18 million, making him the 8th richest MMA fighter in the world.

“When I see my opponent, I begin to shake uncontrollably. Once he hits me, I think to myself, you just hit Wanderlei Silva, how dare you hit Wanderlei Silva. Then I try to kill them.” – Wanderlei Silva

9. Randy Couture

Net Worth: $17 Million

Randy Couture is an American actor, retired United States Army Sergeant, and former mixed martial artist.

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Couture fought in the UFC, and won 6 championship titles. As we mentioned earlier in the article; only 3 fighters have ever won titles in multiple weight classes. Randy is one of them, and the other two are Conor McGregor and BJ Penn.

Randy Couture’s net worth is estimated to be $17 million.

“The most important thing that I’ve figured out is that things work out the way they’re supposed to. We try to have all this control and fashion things the way we want, but everything happens for a reason, and in the end it works out the way it’s supposed to.” – Randy Couture

10. Tito Ortiz

Net Worth: $15 Million

Jacob Christopher “Tito” Ortiz is an American retired mixed martial artist. He was a very popular sensation with the UFC crowd, and some of his fights were the most watched of all time on Pay-Per-View.

Tito Ortiz is the former Light-Heavyweight Champion of the UFC, and has a net worth of $15 million. He is one of the richest MMA fighters in the world.

“Prepare yourself for the worst, and the best will always happen.” – Tito Ortiz

11. Chuck Liddell

Net Worth: $14 Million

Chuck Liddell is an American retired MMA fighter and former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. In 2009, Liddell was placed into the UFC Hall of Fame.

Chuck Liddell’s net worth is estimated to be $14 million.

“A fighter with heart will almost always win out against a fighter with skill but no will.” – Chuck Liddell

12. Quinton Rampage Jackson

Net Worth: $12 Million

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson is an American mixed martial artist, actor and retired professional wrestler. Jackson is a former UFC Light-Heavyweight Champion, and has since starred in various movie roles.

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Quinton Rampage Jackson’s net worth is estimated at $12 million.

“If you’re going to let pressure stop you from living your dreams, you’re robbing yourself.” – Quinton Rampage Jackson

13. Ronda Rousey

Net Worth: $12 Million

Ronda Rousey is an American mixed martial artist, judoka, and actress. She is also the only female MMA fighter on this list.

Rousey’s career began as a Judo athlete, and she then made her way into the UFC. Rousey is the former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion, and won 12 consecutive MMA fights in a row.

Ronda Rousey’s net worth is $12 million.

“Everyone is so offended by the mindset it takes to become the best in the world.” – Ronda Rousey

14. Bas Rutten

Net Worth: $10 Million

Sebastiaan “Bas” Rutten is a Dutch former mixed martial artist, kickboxer and professional wrestler. He was a UFC Heavyweight Champion, a three-time King of Pancrase world champion, and finished his career on a 22 fight unbeaten streak.

Bas Rutten’s net worth is estimated to be $10 million.

“A true champion is one who sweats from exhaustion when no one is watching.” – Bas Rutten

15. Chael Sonnen

Net Worth: $10 Million

Chael Sonnen is an American mixed martial artist who is signed with Bellator MMA and competes in the Light Heavyweight division. Sonnen also previously competed in the UFC, WEC and Pancrase.

Chael Sonnen’s net worth is estimated to be $10 million.

“They’ll tell you failure is not an option. That is ridiculous, failure is always an option. Failure is the most readily available option at all times. But it’s a choice. You can choose to fail or you can choose to succeed.” – Chael Sonnen

16. Jon Bones

Net Worth: $10 Million

Jon Jones is an American mixed martial artist, and three-time Light Heavyweight Champion of the UFC. Jon ‘Bones’ Jones was re-instated to the UFC in 2015 after being stripped and removed from the rankings for ‘Hit & Run’ felonies.

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He won back the Light-Heavyweight title in 2017, but has now tested positive for ‘performance enhancing drugs’, causing more controversy.

Jon Jones’ net worth is $10 million.

“The only limitations are the ones we put on ourselves, and I just don’t believe in limiting myself.” – Jon Jones

17. Junior Dos Santos

Net Worth: $10 Million

Junior dos Santos is a Brazilian mixed martial artist and a former UFC Heavyweight Champion, currently ranked #4 on the UFC Heavyweight rankings.

His net worth is currently $10 million in 2017.

“When you believe in something, and you are a good person, good things happen.” – Junior Dos Santos

18. Frank Mir

Net Worth: $9 Million

Frank Mir is an American mixed martial artist, who currently competes in the Bellator MMA Heavyweight division. Before competing in Bellator, we was previously a UFC fighter for 16 years.

Mir is a former UFC Heavyweight champion, and holds the record for the most fights, victories and submissions in UFC Heavyweight history.

Frank Mir’s net worth is $9 million.

“You know what the true definition of hell is? It’s when you die, you get to meet the person you could have been.” – Frank Mir

19. Frank Shamrock

Net Worth: $9 Million

Frank Shamrock is a retired American mixed martial arts fighter, who competed in the UFC. He was the first to hold the UFC Middleweight Championship, and retired as the four-time defending undefeated champion.

Frank Shamrock’s net worth is $9 million.

“Fighting is art, and there’s nothing more beautiful than the painted canvas of just totally kicking someone’s a**.” – Frank Shamrock

20. Jose Aldo

Net Worth: $9 Million

José Aldo is a Brazilian mixed martial artist in the UFC. Aldo was the 4th and final WEC Featherweight Champion and  first UFC Featherweight Champion during the UFC/WEC merger.

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Jose Aldo’s net worth is $9 million in 2017.

“Never stop believing you can fulfill your dreams.” – Jose Aldo

21. Summary

  1. Conor McGregor
  2. Rorian Gracie
  3. Georges St. Pierre
  4. BJ Penn
  5. Brock Lesnar
  6. Anderson Silva
  7. Fedor Emelianenko
  8. Wanderlei Silva
  9. Randy Couture
  10. Tito Ortiz
  11. Chuck Liddell
  12. Quinton Rampage Jackson
  13. Ronda Rousey
  14. Bas Rutten
  15. Chael Sonnen
  16. Jon Bones
  17. Junior Dos Santos
  18. Frank Mir
  19. Frank Shamrock
  20. Jose Aldo

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