Fighters and Their Cars: The 7 Best Rides in the UFC
To its cadre of elite fighters, the UFC is a generous employer—lavishing numerous bonuses on fight night and buying cars for its champions. If you make it in the UFC, it’s true, you’ll never be short of a ride or two.
In its now almost 20 years, the UFC has made more millionaire fighters than any other MMA promotion in history and you can see this in the cars some of its fighters are driving. From GSP’s Range Rover to Jon Jones’ Bentley, the best mixed martial artists today are only ever seen in the hottest wheels.
Here is a list of the best rides in the UFC today.
Antonio Silva – Maserati Quattroporte
Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva made a killing from his knockout of Alistair Overeem in February. Not only did he win the $50,000 “Knockout of the Night” bonus from the UFC, but he also collected this cool $126,000 Maserati Quattroporte from his sponsors—Sienna Motors.
Silva, rarely involved in direct car buying, received the Maserati only two weeks after his win over Overeem, with his confirmed short-lived status as No. 1 contender making him at least worthy of an expensive Italian car.
Cain Velasquez’s 1971 Ford Torino Cobra
Source: Truck Trend
Rumor has it that Cain Velasquez has sold his behemoth Ford F-150 SVT Raptor on eBay, but has kept this beautiful Ford Torino Cobra.
A classic muscle car, Velasquez has kept all the original interior and body work, further emphasizing his curious love of Ford (which accompanies his penchant for Victory motorcycles).
“My dad, he worked the lettuce fields in California and Arizona and a lot of the work cars they use are all Fords, so always seeing them and us always having them, that influenced me to get Fords,” explains the heavyweight champion.
Anderson Silva's Bentley
He’s long been the UFC’s most successful and best paid fighter, and, with his string of knockouts and fight night bonuses, he is also one of its wealthiest.
Anderson Silva can be seen cruising around his new home in Southern California in a Bentley—gifted to him by the UFC’s parent company Zuffa.
The car was given after his summer 2012 victory against Chael Sonnen, followed by his win over Stephan Bonnar, back when The Spider was still the champion.
Jon Jones’ Bentley
It might just be a coincidence that Jon Jones, who says he’s always looked up to Anderson Silva, drives the same car as his idol. After all, Jones bought his in 2011, shortly after becoming light heavyweight champion and a year before Silva got his.
Still, the car has been put through its paces. It was, for example, the vehicle which Jones crashed while receiving his first DWI. Let’s hope his insurance company has fixed it.
Glover Teixeira’s Ford Pickup Truck
A little more modest than Silva’s Bentley, light heavyweight prospect Glover Teixeira got this Ford pickup truck for his victory over Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.
Gifted by the UFC, perhaps his employers were hinting at the Brazilian’s ability to hit like a “truck”… or maybe not.
Josh Koscheck’s Ferrari F430
Many are probably wondering how Josh Koscheck can afford this Ferrari F430, which he boastfully demonstrated on "MTV Cribs."
A middle-ranked fighter with two back-to-back losses, the welterweight must be struggling to maintain this kind of “blinged” out lifestyle. Still, Kos wouldn’t be Kos without his ostentatious display of wealth.
Wanderlei Silva’s V8 Vantage Aston Martin
This tastefully decorated Aston Martin is Brazilian Wanderlei Silva’s pride and joy. One of the most expensive cars on this list and the culmination of the veteran’s 17-year career.
The car also serves as a roving advert for his Las Vegas gym, Wand FC, where he’s busily training the next generation of MMA fighters, as part of the Wand Fight Team.
Source: Dub Magazine
Honorable mentions go to UFC president Dana White, who didn’t qualify for this list because he’s not a fighter. Nevertheless, he rides in some of the sickest slips in MMA, including a Ranger Rover, Ferrari, Bentley and Barracuda.
Honorable mentions also go to ex-UFC stars, who made their money and split from the promotion, together with their cars: Quinton Jackson with his Lamborghini, Tito Ortiz with his Rolls Royce and Randy Couture with his Camaro SS.
Finally, an honorable mention to Georges St-Pierre, who, until two months ago, had a Range Rover to his name. But then that was stolen and probably shipped to Africa where it’s now in the possession of some local “big” man.