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.