2012 Fighter Salaries: Top 10 Earners

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2012 is done and gone, and mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the richest MMA fighter of them all?  We've got the answer, of course.

We've compiled all fighter salaries from the big two (soon to be one) MMA companies in North America, the UFC and Strikeforce (Bellator's fighters don't make the big bucks), to see which fighter got the fattest pockets in 2012.  It is worth noting that these are only the reported salaries plus Fight of the Night, Knockout of the Night and Submission of the Night bonuses that have been made public.  Many top performing fighters get additional bonuses paid out to them that aren't reported, plus the top guys get a cut of the pay-per-view buys for events that they headline (not to mention every fighter makes sponsorship money).  Also, many athletic commissions don't report fighter's salary info, so for those we've estimated a fighter's purse based on what they have earned in their other recent fights.  Fighters with some estimated purses are marked with a * beside their name.  This data should still be considered very close to accurate, as most fighters' purses remain rather steady from fight to fight (unless they ink a new contract in the meantime).  

 

With all those disclaimers out of the way, here are the top 10 highest earning fighters in 2012, as well as the top 10 for the UFC and Strikeforce.

TO SEE 2013's TOP 10 EARNERS, CLICK HERE.


TO SEE SALARY INFO FOR ALL 381 MEN WHO FOUGHT IN THE UFC IN 2012, CLICK HERE.

TO SEE OUR ALL-TIME UFC SALARY DATABASE, CLICK HERE.

Overall Top Ten Earning Fighters in 2012

 

1 Jon Jones*  $   865,000
2 Rashad Evans*  $   710,000
3 Michael Bisping*  $   700,000
4 Hector Lombard*  $   600,000
4 Junior dos Santos  $   600,000
6 Vitor Belfort*  $   554,000
7 Anderson Silva*  $   475,000
8 Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira*  $   470,000
8 Georges St-Pierre*  $   470,000
10 Mauricio Rua  $   415,000

 

UFC Top Ten Earning Fighters in 2012

 

1 Jon Jones*  $   865,000
2 Rashad Evans*  $   710,000
3 Michael Bisping*  $   700,000
4 Hector Lombard*  $   600,000
4 Junior dos Santos  $   600,000
6 Vitor Belfort*  $   554,000
7 Anderson Silva*  $   475,000
8 Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira*  $   470,000
8 Georges St-Pierre*  $   470,000
10 Mauricio Rua  $   415,000

Strikeforce Top Ten Earning Fighters in 2012
(data updated to Rousey vs Kaufman)

1 Robbie Lawler $   244,940
2 Josh Barnett $   200,000
3 Luke Rockhold $   189,925
4 Ronaldo Souza $   186,000
5 Gilbert Melendez $   175,000
6 Josh Thomson $   170,000
7 Tyron Woodley $   103,425
8 Daniel Cormier $   100,000
9 Ronda Rousey $    72,000
10 Roger Gracie $    69,940

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