The Highest Paid MMA Fighters of 2018

The Highest Paid MMA Fighters of 2018

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Conor McGregor

2018 Salary Earnings: $3,030,000
The highest paid fighter is the notorious one. Coming off a huge 2017 year and a massive payday from the Floyd “Money” Mayweather boxing match, in which he was paid in an upwards of 100 million. Conor McGregor continues to impress in and outside of the octagon. The MMA game is a much better place than it previously was thanks to superstars like Conor McGregor. His most recent fight, a loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov, was his highest earning in the UFC to date. Many speculate he made an upwards of 50 million after a reported 2.4 million PPV buys.

Total UFC earnings: $12.5 million (before PPV bonuses)
Last fight salary: estimated 50m+ ($3,000,000 to show, $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus, $40,000 Reebok sponsorship) The large bulk of that 50 million was from the PPV buys from his fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Total Boxing earnings: $30 million (before PPV bonuses)
Average Endorsement earnings: $20-30 million per year (estimated)
Endorsements: Burger King, Beats Electronics, Monster Energy.
Other Ventures: Proper Twelve is a huge venture Conor McGregor took on for his fight with Khabib, this is a huge investment that has been very successful.

Khabib Nurmagomedov

2018 Salary Earnings: $2,570,000
Many believe Khabib is the best fighter to ever grace the octagon. With a current undefeated record of 27-0, many people believe that he’s currently the #1 pound for pound MMA fighter in the world. Surprisingly, many people are just beginning to understand the power “The Eagle” can show. Sadly, after the chaos that ensued at UFC 229, half of Khabib’s $2 million purse has been withheld from him.
Average UFC earnings: $1 Million or more per fight
Last fight salary: $2,000,000 (Half has been withheld after starting riot after UFC 229)
Average Endorsement earnings: $3-5 million per year (estimated)

Mark Hunt

2018 Salary Earnings: $2,295,000
Mark Hunt is one of the most popular fighters down under. He has shown his value to the UFC with his ability to headline major events held in Australia. Mark Hunt has made over 6 million in base salary since joining the UFC in 2010, this is impressive for any fighter to continue fighting at such a high level for over a decade.
Average UFC earnings: Over 700k each fight
Last fight salary: $765,000 ($750,000 to show, $15,000 fight week incentive pay)
Average Endorsement earnings: $1 million per year (estimated)

Daniel Cormier

2018 Salary Earnings: $1,820,000
Daniel Cormier (also known as the double champ) is a fan favorite of many UFC fans worldwide. He is a great ambassador of the sport inside and outside of the octagon. Outside of the UFC, Cormier volunteers teaching high school wrestling in California. The rise of Daniel Cormier has just begun, enjoy the show.
Average UFC earnings: Over 500k per fight
Last fight salary: $640,000 ($600,000 to show, $40,000 fight week incentive pay)
Average Endorsement earnings: $1 million per year (estimated)
Endorsements: Carl Jr’s (after being snubbed by Popeyes Chicken)

Alistair Overeem

2018 Salary Earnings: 1,720,000
Alistar Overeem is a dutch mixed martial artist and former kick boxer who continues to make tons of money competing in the UFC. He has had an illustrious MMA career which includes over 60 fights total. Alistar has competed for nearly a decade in the UFC/Strikeforce and has earned over 8 million in base salary during that time. Average UFC earnings: Over 800k each fight
Last fight salary: $860,000 ($850,000 to show, $10,000 Reebok sponsorship)
Average Endorsement earnings: $1m per year (estimated).

Final Say

I think everyone can agree that MMA fighters should be treated better in general, however, we also must understand the massive potential for making money in the UFC. People must understand that not every fighter competes in MMA solely for the money, many fighters compete because they simply love MMA. If you’re someone who plans to compete in MMA, please be aware of the health consequences that could result from competition. “Prize fighting is temporary, Martial Arts is forever”.

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