Jon Jones and the UFC's Top 10 Money Makers in 2012

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Jon Jones and the UFC's Top 10 Money Makers in 2012
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2012 was a huge year for the advancement of mixed martial arts and particularly the UFC into the national spotlight as a major sport. While it’s still likely a couple years away from being up there with the NFL, MLB and NBA, the UFC has grown in ways that could have never been imagined during its early days.

While the fighters on UFC 1 seemed to be fighting for a ham sandwich, the big name fighters in the UFC today are now earning six or even seven figure paychecks for a single fight.

What’s amazing is that these fighters all earn more than what their reported pay is. Whether it’s undisclosed bonuses, sponsorships, merchandising or countless other forms of revenue building, the top fighters in the UFC are in serious baller status and will only earn more going forward.

So who are the company’s biggest (reported) earners? I’m glad you asked! Here are the top-10 highest paid UFC fighters according to the company’s official, reported payout.

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