The biggest purses in professional combat sports are provided to boxers. Headlining pugilists like Floyd Mayweather can pull down close to $100 million for just one fight. MMA purses don’t quite approach that number, but they’re getting there.
The biggest stars in mixed martial arts can raise their fee through being great fighters, and by a few other means as well. Brock Lesnar was a WWE star. Quinton Jackson is in movies. Matt Hughes hosts an outdoor living show. Below are the top earners in the sport of MMA.
Frank Shamrock – $8 Million
Frank Shamrock is one of the sport’s oldest and most accomplished competitors. He began his career all the way back in 1994, scoring a victory over another MMA legend in Bas Rutten.
He was also one of the first stars of the UFC. He became the promotions first light heavyweight champion in 1997 by defeating Kevin Jackson in Japan. Over his career, he won 23 fights, lost 10, drew twice and made around $8 million.