Career Earnings of MMA Fighters

While some fighters are able to make a killing in the cage, most amateurs and even pros will have trouble making ends meet. We took a look at how much money UFC athletes earn per fight so you can decide if it’s worth your while to become a pro yourself!

Male Fighters Earning Their Keep

Earning Your Keep in the Octagon

The following information is a breakdown of how much each weight class earned in their respective career. Heavies come out on top with heavyweights making 3 times more than flyweights, and light weights earning about 1/2 what heavier fighters do over the course of their careers!

The top 10 earners per fight are as follows, with Conor McGregor nabbing a nifty $9.5 million for each match he fights in and Alistair Overeem coming close behind at just under 7 figures worth of PPV buys sold every time out His UFC deal means that Mark Hunt will have to settle for less than half their earnings despite being one-up on him due solely because they’re not signed contractually alongside other high profile fighters like CM Punk who used this status alone while negotiating his own.

The fighters with the most financial incentive are those who have been analyzed for their fighting styles, as they can make more money per head punch. Overeem comes out on top netting $36 542 from each strike he delivers while McGregor earns 35 210 after taking numerous hits in both his face and neck area during fights over time. Souza falls somewhere between these two extremes earning 11 768 per fight but still having some of the highest earnings when considering how much one may risk by engaging them physically.

Taking the Most Hits for Your Money

The data shows that welterweights are the most strike-efficient fighters in UFC Men’s Division with 663 average strikes taken per fight, but heavyweight has them beat by about 10%. The head-hitting career numbers are also higher among these heavier weight classes – where it takes just under 50% more blasts to drop someone down for good!

Heavyweight Daniel Cormier is a master at landing hits, but lightweight Justin Gaethje has him beat when it comes to taking punishment. The two fighters have different strengths and weaknesses which makes them perfect for each others’ styles!

Earning Power of Female Fighters

The UFC is a well-known organization that has been around since 1993, with its successful history including over 1 million total fights throughout different weight classes. This article will be focusing specifically on how career earnings vary by woman’s position in the rankings; starting at strawweight and going down through Flyweights until we reach Bantam Weight class which had an average annual salary of only $168K!

The top earners in the UFC Women’s Divisions are Joanna Jedrzejczyk ($1.8 million per fight), Holly Holm ($1,600000), Amanda Nunes(who makes a cool 1.2 million dollars for each of her fights). And finally, there is Rose Namajunas whose salary was about 976 500 USD. With these stats, we can see that woman fighters make less than their male counterparts but when you look at what they do get paid compared to other high-profile careers such as actors or musicians it becomes clear why some may find this appealing.

In a recent study, it was found that the women who earn more per head punch are Amanda Nunes ($8K) and Valentina Shevchenko at $7361. In contrast to this trend of high pay-per-strike taken by these elite fighters is Joanna Jedrzejczyk with less than all other contenders earning over 5000 dollars for each time their faces were hit during competition.

Absorbing Strikes

The data shows that strawweight fighters had the worst head shotting record with an average of 245 strikes taken per career, more than any other class. Flyweights experienced less violence and only 128 over their lifetime in comparison to 564 for StrawweIGHT PLAYERS!!!!

What do you think about this? I’m sure it’s interesting to see the different patterns in terms of how women fighters handle themselves. For example, Nicco Montano had 112 head strikes taken per fight while her fellow flyweight fighter Irene Aldana came up with only 71 – that is quite a difference! What does your research tell us next time we go into battle royale-style games where there are no rules against biting or gouging?

Biggest Disparities In (and Out of) the Ring

lightweight fighters had a huge earning gap, with the lowest earners taking home less than 1/10th of what their top-ranked counterparts received. This is an incredible difference that we would expect to see more often than not if it’s not random chance alone deciding who thrives in this industry and who doesn’t.

Final Round

The article discusses the financial risks involved with fighting professionally and what type of Punches boxers have to land on their head or faces. It also looks at how these impacts are distributed by weight class, gender division they fight in as well as which country those fighters come from; showing us that there is no one-size fits all approach when it comes down to making sure someone can afford this lifestyle choice.


When ranking the best UFC fighters in each weight class, we found that there were many considerations. A big one is their strike rate at ufc and ESPN data was not available for all 15 ranked lists of top contenders from these websites as well as mma fighting com. We used sports day Data’s career earnings column which gave us an average amount earned per fight among those who had fought more than once while also considering what division they currently compete within to determine uneven ratios between high earners such as Anderson Silva (Middleweight) or Jon Jones(Light Heavyweight).

Data on the fighters’ earnings was pulled in October 2018 and reflects money earned up until this point.


Gym Fees, Workers’ Compensation Insurance and Medical Benefits are not included in this data. Some commissions don’t report fighter salary info so earnings have been estimated based on what the fighters had earned in their other fights.

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