18 Richest UFC Fighters of 2015
Most of the fighters in the UFC started out in kick boxing, martial arts, beating up kids on the playground, and karate before debuting in MMA and becoming professional intimidators – but once they get in the door at the UFC, it’s all in, or go home.
And, why not? Thanks to Dana White, the President of the UFC, Mixed Martial Arts (for the two people out there who didn’t already know this) is now one of the most popular and fastest growing sports in the world. One can’t help but think that, with all of the beatings, injuries, and brutality that the fighters endure, they must be raking in the big bucks.
Literally, brutality so awesome — I mean, bad — that the sport is banned in New York. New York! BIG bucks. Has to be. At least enough to cover the trips in an ambulance, right?
With the paydays some of these athletes are seeing, it’s obviously worth it. Hospital and doctor bills look as if they’re covered, with more than enough left over to live a posh, free-spending lifestyle. Who cares if you’re in a body cast if you’re overlooking the ocean from your private clifftop dwelling, complete with an on-call house staff and private nurse right there for you?
Below are stats as of August 2015, showing salaries earned per fight for the top 10 earners so far this year. These numbers do not include any other type of added paychecks that come from endorsements, sponsorships, movie roles, and all that other “stuff” that’s available to these athletes. So, if it makes you sad to see this type of earning, look at the total earnings from all avenues for these guys, and get really depressed. Or go learn to fight and earn it yourself.
Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, $438,000
At 32 years old, this Denver native and former kickboxer is currently ranked #2 in the UFC lightweight rankings. Diagnosed with ADD as a kid, this Cowboy has obviously found a better way to get into fights to release tension, and have everyone think this is just fine to do. He gets paid for beating people up now. Giddy up.
Chuck Liddell, $500,000
Chuck Liddell was born in California in the United States. He was one of the many American mixed martial artists who were raised by a single mother. When he was aged 12 years old, realizing that he had an athletic body, he started practicing Koei-Kan Karate-Do. While in school, he participated in wrestling competitions and played football. When he joined the university, he became a Division one wrestler. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in business but didn’t use it because he found treasure in Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
Many of his fans know him by his nickname “Iceman.” He is ranked among the most successful mixed martial artists. In 2015 alone, he made over $500,000 after competing in a few matches. For all matches that Chuck Liddell has competed, he has won 21 of them, losing only 8. His memorable fights were against Randy Couture and Tito Ortiz. He managed to knock out Tito in both matches but lost one match against Randy Couture.