18 Richest UFC Fighters of All Time
Although UFC fighters don’t make as much money as other athletes, they certainly entertain the crowds and make a lot of money doing it. Between fight prize money, endorsements, and pay-per-view percentages, many of the big name UFC fighters are making a considerable amount of money.
Unlike other sports, UFC is an individual sport, so athletes get paid when they fight. However, their income is not necessarily based on their success as a fighter. Some of the highest paid fighters actually have really poor win records. The factor that differentiates the well-paid fighters from the struggling fighters is their ability to draw in the crowds. The more people who want to watch a fighter, the more money that fighter will make.
The following is a list of the richest UFC fighters of all time.
Alistair Overeem: $1.5 million
Known in the octagon as The Reem, Overeem commands quite a presence. Although he weighs in at 265 pounds, his solid, muscular build would lead anyone to believe that the scale must be off by 50 pounds.
The England-born fighter says he started training when his brother took him to the gym to learn to defend himself at the age of 17. Had he not gone on to be a professional fighter, Overeem says he would have joined the army.
Either way, be afraid. Be very afraid.
Robbie Lawler: $1.71 million
Compared to his other Welterweight competitors, you’d think Lawler’s small stature (5’11” and just 170 pounds) would be his downfall, but his Welterweight Championship in 2014 topples that misconception. His climb to the top, however, has been long: he started in the UFC when he was 20 and it took him 13 years to earn a championship title.
He may have a small amount of wealth when in comparison to some on this list (talking to you here, Georges St. Pierre), but at $1.71 million, plenty of people would love to have his “small” fortune.
Chris Weidman: $1.79 million
Aside from his muscular 6’2″ stature, you may be surprised to know that Chris Weidman also has a degree in Psychology from Hofstra University. It’s quite a leap to go from Psychology degree-holder to UFC fighter, but Weidman’s undefeated streak in his first 13 professional matches proves he made a great choice.
If anyone ever tells you that Psychology and the UFC don’t mix, Weidman’s story proves them wrong. Freud would be really proud of the way Weidman psychs out his opponents every. Single. Time. 13-0, people. 13-0.