Everyone, irrespective of gender, has a thing for action, especially when Mixed Martial Arts is involved. There’re always movies on boxing, kung fu, karate, etc., but the fascination for the mixed martial art is a relatively new trend and took everyone by a rage because it had, as the name suggests. It has almost everything combined to it and seems very realistic to the audience because it is the martial arts taught to the commandos and those are meant for to the point delivery of intended action rather than extra shouts, etc for show business. Although the recent movies that Bollywood has to offer will make you doubt it.
The real life mixed martial artists are moving to the Ultimate Fighting Championship franchise because of the huge salary and audience it has to offer. Mixed martial art is brought to the world and made highly commercialized by UFC. Stay with this article to know about the top 10 richest UFC fighters.
List of the world’s top 10 Highest Paid UFC Fighters in 2017
10. Quinton Jackson (Net Worth- $12 million)
With a tough childhood, having been a drug dealer at a very young age and having a dysfunctional family, Quintin Ramone “Rampage” Jackson became a world renowned American mixed martial artist and actor who later became a retired professional wrestler. A former UFC champion in light heavyweight divisions, he is known for his aggressive fighting style and eccentric personality. He had started getting trained in martial arts at the age of 17 and had his shot at popularity and respect when he fought in Japan’s Pride 15 competition against Japanese superstar and wrestler Kazushi Sakuraba.
9. Chuck Liddell (Net Worth- $13 million)
Chuck is a crucial member of the UFC Hall of Fame is a retired mixed martial artist from America and also a former light heavyweight champion in UFC. He had fought 23 professional fights. He was born in California, where his maternal granddad taught him boxing techniques at a very young age. He has a tattoo on his scalp reflecting his dexterity in the Koei-Kan Karate fighting style. He had an impressive record in amateur kickboxing and got into fights with drunk fellow college students many times. He made his UFC debut in 1998 when he defeated Noe Hernandez.
8. Tito Ortiz (Net Worth- $15 million)
Also, an American mixed martial artist presently fighting for Bellator MMA, he is known for his glorious history with the UFC where he was a Light Heavyweight Champion having held the title for three years at a stretch. His most famous fights are with Griffin, Shamrock and of course, Liddell. Tito’s talents are not only restricted to the ring but stretch into the business world too. He is the Chief Executive Officer of the MMA equipment and clothing line named “Punishment Athletics MMA’ and also owns a training gym for MMA named Punishment training center. Ortiz was enlisted into the UFC hall of fame on the 7th of July, 2012.
7. Wanderlei Silva (Net Worth- $16 million)
Also known as The Axe Murderer and the Mad Dog, Silva is a Brazilian mixed martial artist who was one of the highest paid stars in the Pride Fighting Championships and has a glorious history with the UFC. In Pride’s history, he holds the record for highest wins, title defenses, knockouts, longest winning streak, etc. He is currently signed with Bellator MMA and is the former Pride Middleweight Champion. He has an aggressive fighting style originating mainly. From his street brawls and training in Muay Thai and kickboxing.
6. Brock Lesnar (Net Worth- $16 million)
Here comes the pain! Brock was a popular face in WWE history and later UFC, Brock Edward Lesnar is an American-Canadian wrestler by profession and a mixed martial artist. He had a history of professional football too. He is currently under WWE Raw because he was chucked out of UFC after using substances which are banned. He got signed into the WWF after a remarkable history of the college and university wrestling with 106 wins and only five losses. He lost his debut in UFC against Frank Mir but won the second fight against Heath Herring.
5. Fedor Emelianenko (Net Worth- $15 million)
A heavyweight mixed martial artist from Russia, he is currently competing for the Rizin Fighting Federation. He is more famous in Pride championships but also has a brilliant career in the UFC where he was unbeaten in 28 fights straight and in this period he defeated the eleven top ranked fighters. He had risen to popularity from club fightings initially.
4. Randy Couture (Net Worth- $17 million)
An American actor and a retired mixed martial artist, he is a three-time UFC heavyweight champion and twice UFC light heavyweight champion. He has a record for holding most number of titles in the UFC history. Randy is the only person over the age of 40 and won a UFC championship fight; he is the fourth member of the UFC Hall of Fame.
3. Anderson Silva (Net Worth- $18 million)
A Brazilian mixed martial artist and former UFC middleweight champion, he was the longest reigning champion in the history of UFC. He has the second most number of bonuses in UFC history, that of 13 bonuses. He is considered one of the greatest mixed martial artists out there and is currently ranked the 5th best in UFC rankings for middleweight wrestlers.
2. B.J Penn (Net Worth- $20 million)
Aside from being an American mixed martial artist, he is also a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner before debuting in K1, he had competed in the UFC many times and became the first American Gold medalist of the world Jiu Jitsu championship. He has competed in almost all the weight divisions and is the second fighter in history to have won titles in multiple weight classes. His name also features in the UFC Hall of Fame.
1. Georges St-Pierre (Net Worth- $25 million)
The richest and the best of them all is often referred as GSP and is a Canadian mixed martial artist who is a three-time former Welterweight Champion of the UFC. Considered one of the best mixed martial artists, he was ranked the best welterweight fighter in the world by Sherdog and various other publications. He holds the record for winning the most number of title bouts and having the second longest combined streak in the history of Ultimate Fighting Championship. Though he is on time off, there is a high possibility that he will return.
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