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UFC’s Highest Earners Of 2020 Revealed

UFC’s Highest Earners Of 2020 Revealed

The UFC's highest earners for 2020 have been revealed and there's a few surprise inclusions in the top 20.

The team over at MMA Breakdown have crunched the numbers and it turns out some of the more high-profile mixed martial artists on the UFC roster had a pretty decent year financially.

UFC president Dana White. Credit. PA
UFC president Dana White. Credit. PA

Despite the coronavirus pandemic plaguing live sport for much of last year, UFC president Dana White did a fantastic job of putting on safeguarded fights to ensure his athletes could earn money during the tough times - even if it meant moving the events half-way round the world to empty arenas.


And while other sports have seemingly struggled amid COVID-19, the UFC has turned over some of its best figures to date - the slight increase in the average fighter wages proving that.

According to MMA Breakdown, the average UFC fighter raked in US$147,965 this year which is up from an average earnings of $146,673 in 2019.

We've seen some massive fights in 2020. Credit: PA
We've seen some massive fights in 2020. Credit: PA

On top of that, 219 fighters (38%) from a roster of 580 earned six-figures salaries in 2020 - a 36% increase from 2019.


As for the cash cow of 2020, that came in the form of undefeated lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov who took home US$6,090,000 from his title bout with Justin Gaethje.

UFC's top 20 biggest earners of 2020

1. Khabib Nurmagomedov = $6,090,000


2. Conor McGregor = $3,060,000

3. Junior dos Santos = $1,560,000

4. Israel Adesanya = $1,230,000

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5. Justin Gaethje = $920,000


6. Jose Aldo = $900,000

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7. Deiveson Figueiredo $ 875,000

8. Anthony Pettis = $855,000

9. Alistair Overeem = $830,000


10. Stipe Miocic = $790,000

11. Dominick Reyes = $760,000

12. Robert Whittaker = $745,000

13. Marcin Tybura = $701,000

14. Andrei Arlovski = $695,000

14. Tony Ferguson = $695,000

16. Donald Cerrone = $660,000

17. Kamaru Usman = $640,000

18. Anderson Silva = $620,000

18. Derrick Lewis = $620,000

20. Anthony Smith = $615,000

Topics: Khabib Nurmagomedov, Conor Mcgregor, UFC News, MMA News, UFC, Australia, MMA, Dana White

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