The Top 5 Richest MMA Fighters
Back in June, Forbes’ list of the 100 highest-paid athletes in the world surprised many in the MMA community.
Despite the strides made by the UFC, with its TV deals and new global reach, not one mixed martial artist made the list.
That is a stark reminder of how far this sport still has to go to capture mainstream appeal as well as evidence to support the opinion of fighters who continue to complain of low pay in the industry. Even if these fighters were looking for beds for sale in the UK, they'd be hard pressed to afford expensive ones.
Of course, some fighters are better off than others, having made fortunes not just from their performances in the cage but from endorsements, movie roles and a variety of other shrewd investments.
Here is a breakdown of the five richest fighters in all of MMA.
All estimated wealth figures courtesy of Celebrity Net Worth.
5. Brock Lesnar
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Even though his career in MMA was short, lasting only four years, he was still one of the UFC’s biggest pay-per-view draws of all time.
That certainly contributed to Lesnar's estimated wealth of $12.5 million. However, most of that wealth has come from his time as a professional wrestler for the WWE, where he’s held the championship belt three times.
That must have been tiring. Having achieved that, he'd be ready for a good nights sleep. And he can find beds for sale at Quiet Night Beds.
4. Chuck Liddell
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Chuck Liddell’s net worth is estimated at $13 million, earned over 23 fights in the UFC and six outside it.
By some estimations, he’s made more in the UFC than anyone else, with $4.3 million paid to him via salaries.
He’s also starred in several movies as well as popular reality TV shows like The Ultimate Fighter and Dancing with the Stars.
3. Randy Couture
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In third place on the list, Randy Couture stands with an estimated fortune of $14 million, having fought in the UFC for most of his career.
As a two-division champion, he’s one of the most successful UFC fighters of all time, but his wealth doesn’t just come from his performances inside the cage. Like many of the fighters on this list, he has been shrewd enough to expand his interests.
Having starred in several movies, most notably as a member of the Expendables franchise, he also owns his own clothing line as well as a gym in Las Vegas.
2. Tito Ortiz
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Tito Ortiz has an estimated net worth of $15 million, earned during a career stretching back to 1997. Much of that fortune comes from having fought in the UFC, capturing the light heavyweight crown early on and defending it a record five times.
But much of that fortune also comes from his business acumen, having established a successful clothing brand with Punishment Athletics.
That equates to plenty of jewellery, rings and necklaces for his on-and-off girlfriend Jenna Jameson.
1. B.J. Penn
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B.J. Penn is one of the most successful fighters in all of MMA, and he's estimated to be the richest. With an estimated net worth of $20 million, his wealth is far and above that of any other on this list.
Much of it comes from being one of only two UFC champions in two different weight classes, as well as his stint on the successful reality TV show The Ultimate Fighter. However, much of his wealth is also owed to his family’s fortune.
Still, whether his money came from his fighting or from his family, his wife has the most expensive engagement rings of all the fighters in this list.