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Conor McGregor is easily the richest MMA fighter of all time, per Wealthy Gorilla’s recently released MMA rich list.
The Irishman has featured in all of the UFC’s five highest selling pay-per-view events and four of the promotion’s five biggest gates of all-time.
These, together with his extraordinarily lucrative 2017 boxing match with Floyd Mayweather as well as his numerous business endeavours, place the Notorious atop of MMA’s rich list by an enormous margin.
While McGregor is now set to be out of action for an extended period of time, following his devastating loss to Dustin Poirier last month, the Irishman has more than enough cash to pass the time and recently splurged on a £2.7m Lamborghini yacht.
McGregor’s bitter rival Khabib Nurmagomedov also features on the list, having earned a handful of whopping paydays during his reign as UFC lightweight champion.
Nurmagomedov has also entered the world of business and the now-retired MMA star is the face of two brand new products: a range of protein bars and an alkaline water brand.
The products, called Fitroo and PH Water, have been plastered all over the Eagle’s social media accounts and seem to have been hugely successful.
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Behind Nurmagomedov is Georges St-Pierre, widely considered the greatest UFC fighter of all-time.
Despite his seemingly ‘boring’ fighting style, St-Pierre was a huge draw for the UFC in the late 2000s and early 2010s and racked up a whopping 9.1m pay-per-view buys during his MMA career.
The Canadian dominated the promotion’s welterweight division for nearly a decade and defeated the likes of Matt Hughes, BJ Penn, Dan Hardy, and Michael Bisping.
He has since entered the world of acting and most recently appeared in Disney’s The Falcon and the Winter Soldier as Georges Batroc.
The list includes a number of the greatest UFC fighters of all time alongside GSP.
Anderson Silva, widely rumoured to be the next opponent of Logan Paul, is worth $18m (£13m), as is Russian heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko, undoubtedly the greatest fighter to never compete in the UFC.
Brock Lesnar, Ronda Rousey, and Jon Jones, all former UFC megastars in their own right, all also feature on the list.
Michael Bisping is the final name on the list and the only Englishman to make the cut. Bisping is currently one of the UFC’s main commentators and has also featured in a range of films and TV shows.
It’s worth noting that while the fighters included on the list are hugely wealthy, when compared to athletes from other sports, they are paid considerably less.
According to a recent report from the New York Post, the UFC pays its fighters roughly 16% of its overall revenue. In stark contrast, America’s other major sporting leagues, the NFL, NBA, and MLB, all pay their athletes at least 48% of their total revenue.
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Georges St-Pierre, widely considered one of the sport’s greats, is reportedly worth $30m (£21m). According to Sportsrac, nearly 40 NBA players will rake in the same amount in the next season alone.
While Dana White is supposedly worth around $500m (£359m), many of his fighters struggle to make ends meet and, upon retiring from MMA, are forced to deal with serious injuries and whopping medical bills without any help from the UFC.
No wonder they all want to fight Jake Paul.
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- Brock Lesnar
- Conor Mcgregor
- Dana White
- Khabib Nurmagomedov
- Ronda Rousey
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