Being one of the most difficult sports to enter in and putting your bodies on the line, one must wonder what it is that pushes these fighters into the Octagon. Passion is probably the primary motivator for these men to face the fight and risk their lives. However, that is not the only reward they get for their heroics. While the title, fame, and victory are common motivators, monetary gains are also a strong reason for these men to be interested in the sport.
These stars get paid sufficiently for their acts and in fact a lot more to have a luxurious lifestyle. McGregor and Mayweather are strong examples of the grandeur that their lives are. Let us look at some of the highest paid UFC fighters.
The Irish fighter definitely lives a fancy lifestyle and has been in the news for the lavish birthday party he threw his mother in the past week. The MMA artist and former featherweight and lightweight champion managed to make an astounding $12.5 million in 2018 without the PPV bonuses. In a single fight, namely the last one with MMA star Khabib Nurmagomedev for UFC 229, alone saw McGregor get a show fee of $3 million.
Yes, Conor must have made a lot more than Khabib, but he is not far behind either. The UFC fighter made a $2 million base pay without the PPV revenue. However, it is sad that even after winning the fight he did not get any bonus as it was not a part of his contract. Khabib bagged a total of $2.5 million from his fights in 2018.
It was a sweet year for the former Olympic wrestler and MMA star who cranked up a good $1.8 million from the three fights he had in 2018. His last fight was against Derrick Lewis at the Madison Square Garden in November 2018; he made $600,000 from that solo fight.
The two-time undisputed light heavyweight champion is fourth on our list as he earned $500,000 from a single show at UFC 235. His base earning in for the past year was $500,000 as he had just one fight against Swedish fighter Alexander Gustafson in the past year.
So, that’s that, a single fight can help these fighters gain anything between $500,000 to $4 million based on their popularity!