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2017 Top 10 MMA Earners
LAS VEGAS, NV – JULY 9: Alistair Overeem punches Fabricio Werdum during the UFC 213 event at T-Mobile Arena on July 9, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)

 

Who is the top earner in MMA in 2017?  We’ve crunched the numbers and have the answer.

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, plus the official UFC Reebok sponsorship money.  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  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 in 2017 so far.

(updated after UFC Fight Night: Werdum vs Tybura)

1 Georges St-Pierre*  $  2,580,000
2 Daniel Cormier*  $  1,680,000
3 Alistair Overeem  $  1,570,000
3 Mark Hunt*  $  1,570,000
5 Fabricio Werdum*  $  1,135,000
6 Tyron Woodley  $  1,080,000
7 Demetrious Johnson*  $     910,000
8 Chris Weidman*  $     845,000
9 Vitor Belfort*  $     830,000
10 Anderson Silva*  $     820,000