(Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports)
We've compiled all fighter salaries from the big MMA companies in North America - the UFC, Strikeforce (R.I.P.) and Bellator (for events where their fighter purse info was released) to see which fighter has the fattest pockets so far in 2013. It is worth noting that these are only the reported salaries plus Fight of the Night, Knockout of the Night, and Submission of the Night bonuses that have been made public. Many top performing fighters get additional bonuses paid out to them that aren't reported, plus the top guys get a cut of the pay-per-view buys for events that they headline (not to mention every fighter makes sponsorship money). Also, many athletic commissions don't report fighter's salary info, so for those we've estimated a fighter's purse based on what they have earned in their other recent fights (we haven't done any estimates for Bellator - too hard to guess). Fighters with some estimated purses are marked with a * beside their name. This data should still be considered very close to accurate, as most fighters' purses remain rather steady from fight to fight (unless they ink a new contract in the meantime).
With all those disclaimers out of the way, here are the top 10 highest earning fighters so far in 2013.
(updated up to UFC 167)
|2||Vitor Belfort*||UFC||$ 975,000|
|3||Georges St-Pierre*||UFC||$ 850,000|
|3||Jon Jones*||UFC||$ 850,000|
|5||Cain Velasquez*||UFC||$ 800,000|
|6||Dan Henderson*||UFC||$ 750,000|
|7||Michael Bisping*||UFC||$ 700,000|
|8||Lyoto Machida*||UFC||$ 650,000|
|9||Anderson Silva||UFC||$ 600,000|
|9||Hector Lombard*||UFC||$ 600,000|