UFC is a mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion syndicate based from Las Vegas, USA. It is the largest and the biggest promoter of MMA in the world and has attained much fame in recent times. The company employs the best fighters in the world. The firm has conducted over 300 events worldwide till date. The fighter can use any of the techniques of boxing, jiu-jutsu, wrestling, karate, judo and many other styles. But as time progressed, the fighters developed their own style of fighting by combining all the arts and thus MMA was born. The company has attained worldwide attention by its promotion technique and unique way of fights.
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Listed below is the top 10 richest UFC fighters of the world
10. Junior Dos Santos
Junior has played in the UFC since 2008 and is one of the finest heavyweight fighter in the world. He is a Brazilian fighter, who has an impressive track record of 18 wins and only 4 losses so far. Of the 18 wins, 12 were by knockout. He is one of the bright talents to look for in the future. He has made about $410,000 this year and has the ability to make more money because of his talent.
9. Michael Bisping
Michael has played in the UFC since 2004 and is the current middleweight champion. He was the first English fighter to play and win a match in UFC. He has the most number of wins in UFC history and has a professional record of 30 wins and 7 losses. He is one of the finest fighters UFC has produced and makes about $495,000 every year.
8. Jon Jones
Jon was considered as one of the best fighters in the UFC until he was arrested for a hit and run charge. But this hasn’t affected his fighting. He was stripped off of his Light heavyweight championship due to the charges pressed against him. He was the youngest champion in UFC at the age of 23. Out of the 23 fights so far he has lost only once. He earns about $535,000 per year making him the 8th richest UFC fighter.
7. Andrei Arlovski
Andrei Arlovski started his career with the UFC in 2000, where he was the Heavyweight Champion for a time. In 2008, he left the UFC before moving on to company like Strikeforce. In 2014, he made his return to UFC. He is one of the best heavyweight fighter in the UFC. Arlovski ended up losing in the second round. He earns about 535,000 per annum.
6. Holly Holm
Holly is the only female fighter on this list. She is a highly reputed fighter, with experience not only in MMA, but also in boxing, with 33 wins and 2 losses in her career. She made her UFC debut in early 2015, and found herself thrown into the spotlight in November 2015 by defeating the then undefeated Ronda Rousey. This has made her more popular and now she earns about $540,000 per year.
5. Robbie Lawler
Robbie Lawler is an incredibly brilliant welterweight fighter. He made his UFC debut in 2002 against Aaron Riley, who he beat by a unanimous decision. He spent a significant amount of time with Strikeforce, where he saw a great deal of success, winning fights and championships. He returned to UFC in 2014 and has been successful since then making him one of the richest fighters 2017 with $590,000 earnings per year.
4. Alistair Overeem
Alistair Overeem has been fighting since long time and has a career total of 41 wins out of 56 total bouts in mixed martial arts. He came to the UFC in 2011, where his career has been filled with controversy. Although Overeem has been able to defeat several heavyweight champions, he has also had issues with failed drug tests in 2012. But this hasn’t affected his earnings and makes about $597,000 per annum.
3. Nate Diaz
Nate Diaz has been fighting since 2007. Diaz has competed in the lightweight category for the majority of his career, but he has also been known to fight once in a while as a welterweight. He has had a successful time fighting in the UFC having 20 wins out of 30 total fights. Since defeating Conor McGregor, Diaz has seen a substantial rise in both popularity and wealth and earns about $620,000 every year.
2. Anderson Silva
Anderson Silva, the former middleweight champion is one of the most popular fighters to have played the game, and he is thought to be one of the best boxer in the sport’s history. He currently holds the record for most UFC title defenses, most UFC knockdowns, and longest career victory streak. He earns about $700,000 a year making him the 2nd richest fighter in UFC.
1. Conor McGregor
Conor McGregor is kind of new to mixed martial arts and made his UFC debut in February of 2013, where he won by technical knockout. McGregor, for a time, was undefeated in the UFC. McGregor shocked the world when he knocked out a champion in a mere 13 seconds. This victory earned McGregor the title of UFC Featherweight Champion, which he still holds today. McGregor has since become known for his offensive prowess. He earns about $1,090,000 per annum making him the richest UFC fighter.
This was the list of the Top 10 Richest UFC Fighters in the world in 2017. These are world-renowned entertainers and their fights are most-awaited every time. UFC has gained wide spread popularity and is one of the most viewed pay-per-view shows in the world. These UFC fighters entertain in astonishing way and is a feast for mixed martial arts lovers to watch.