The mixed martial arts world has gained lots of popularity among the people across the world. It is a real and exciting world that test the stamina and power of a real fighter. The MMA fighting may have gained mainstream attention in the past decade, but it has actually been around since the early 90’s. So, who are most successful fighters in 2018? We know the names like Ronda Rousey and Conor Mcgregor first came up in your mind, but what about the others.
In this article, we will tell you in brief about the top 10 highest paid MMA fighters in 2018. We are at the halfway of the year and yet witness many historic fights. Have a look:
10. Junior Dos Santos (US$ 410,000)
Junior Dos is popular as one of the most feared fighters of all time. He debuted for UFC in 2008, but Santos made his return recently to the Octagon. In his debut, he beats the Fabricio Werdum by knockout that is considered as a major upset by many. Presently, this Brazilian fighter has quite an impressive record with 19 wins and just 4 losses. An interesting thing about this record is that his 12 wins come by knockout.
As per the latest ranking by Sherdog, he is ranked on the fourth position in the world’s heavyweight category. Dos Santos returned to the Octagon after a gap of the year on 13 May 2017 at UFC 211 for the heavyweight title. However, he lost that fight via TKO in the first round.
9. Michael Bisping (US$ 495,000)
Michael Bisping is the present UFC Middleweight Champion who entered the MMA scene in 2004. He has fought in both light heavyweight as well as middleweight divisions of the UFC. Bisping is also the winner of the Ultimate Fighter’s Light Heavyweight Tournament in 2006.
He changed his category to middleweight in 2008 and achieve lots of success with 28 total wins and 7 losses. Michael’s recent fight takes place on 8 October 2016 at UFC 204 against Dan Henderson in a rematch for the middleweight championship, that he won via unanimous decision. Michael is the first fighter from the United Kingdom, who has won a UFC Championship at UFC 199.
8. Jon Jones (US$ 530,000)
Jon Jones is presently on a one-year suspension after testing positive for banned substances, but still, he is regarded as one of the greatest mixed martial arts fighters ever. With 22 wins out of 23 fights, he holds lots of UFC records in the light heavyweight division.
Jones is the youngest champion in UFC history when he won the Light Heavyweight Championship at the age of 23 years in 2011. He is just 29 years old and preparing to return with a bang after the end of his suspension.
7. Andrei Arlovski (US$ 530,000)
Popular with the name of The Pit Bull, Andrei Arlovski is a Belarusian mixed martial artist who has competed for many promotions, such as M-1 Challenge, Strikeforce, Affliction, One FC, UFC, and Strikeforce. Presently, he fights for UFC and ranks #8 in the official heavyweight rankings.
He has won UFC Heavyweight Championship five times, making him one of the most decorated champions in the history of MMA. Additionally, he has been part of the UFC Fight of the Night two times in his career.
6. Holly Holm (US$ 540,000)
Holly Holm is an American versatile fighter who is the only women to enter this list. He is the first women to beat Ronda Rousey, who almost remains undefeated for three years. In addition to MMA, Holm has won many championships in boxing and kickboxing.
With 33 wins and 2 losses, she is regarded as one of the greatest female welterweights in the world. Presently, Holm is ranked on 2nd position in the category of female bantamweight contender by the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
5. Robbie Lawler (US$ 590,000)
Robbie Lawler is a former UFC welterweight champion who is widely regarded as one of the most consistently entertaining mixed martial artists competing right now. Additionally, he is the only fighter who has won three consecutive Fight of the Year awards from MMA Fighting and Sherdog.
Lawler has also competed in other promotions, such as Elite Xtreme Combat, Superbrawl, and Icon Sport. He fought his last fight almost a year ago on 30 July 2016 against Tyron Woodley and failed to defend his UFC Welterweight Championship. With 27 wins and 11 losses, he will surely find his place in the record books as one of the best MMA Fighters ever competed in the UFC.
4. Alistair Overeem (US$ 597, 857)
Alistair Overeem is a prolific MMA fighter who has been active since 1999. He is one of only two fighters who has held world titles both K-1 kickboxing and MMA simultaneously. Presently, he is ranked on 4th position in the official UFC heavyweight rankings. Out of his 58 fights, he has 42 wins and 15 losses. Some of his notable wins are against 6 former UFC Champions including Brock Lesnar, Vitor Belfort, Frank Mir, Fabricio Werdum, Andrei Arlovski, and Junior dos Santos.
Overeem won his last fight against Mark Hunt at UFC 209 via knockout and expected to have a fight against Fabricio Werdum at UFC 213.
3. Nate Diaz (US$ 620,000)
Nate Diaz enters the world of Mix Martial Artist by winning the Ultimate Fighter 5. He has fought in the lightweight division in the majority of his career. According to the present UFC rankings, Diaz is ranked on the fifth position in the lightweight category. In addition to the UFC, he has competed in Strikeforce, World Extreme Cagefighting, and Pancrase.
Nate Diaz is the joint record holder of the most UFC bonus awards with Joe Lauzon. On 5 March 2016, he shocked the world by beating Conor McGregor at UFC 196.
2. Anderson Silva (US$ 665,000)
Without any doubt, Anderson Silva will go down in the history books as one of the most decorated UFC champions in the world. He is considered as the best striker in the history of the sport by many legends. Silva is a former UFC Middleweight Champion and won the most knockout of the Night Awards in the UFC seven times.
His accomplishments don’t end here as he holds the longest title streak in the history of UF that ended after 2,457 days with 10 title defenses and 16 consecutive wins in 2013. Presently, he is ranked on the sixth position in the official UFC middleweight rankings.
1. Conor McGregor (US$ 1,090,000)
This Irish mixed martial artist doesn’t need any kind of introduction because his accomplishments say it all. Conor McGregor is a former UFC Featherweight Champion and reigning UFC Lightweight Champion. Out of 24 MMA matches, Conor has 21 wins and just 3 losses. The most notable accomplishment of his career is beating the undefeated UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo in just 13 seconds.
On 12 November 2016, he defeated Eddie Alvarez to win the UFC Lightweight Championship and become the first simultaneous two-division champion ever in the history of the UFC.
So, here is the list of top 10 highest paid MMA fighters in 2018. All these fighters are well-known across the globe and they have created a name for themselves. Due to these true legends, the UFC has gained lots of popularity and gained lots of viewers over the past decade. We believe that these MMA fighters will continue to entertain us for a long period of time.