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This is based on Forbes magazine's estimate of what the top stars of both the UFC and WWE would earn for 2017. It’s based on rankings, appearances and previous salary information. Also keep in mind Ronda Rousey for example hasn’t fought in 2017 at all, but it still gives a good idea of the pay structure of both the UFC and WWE.
At number 5 in the WWE is Dean Ambrose, who is estimated to make $2.7 million for 2017. In the UFC, number 5 is Anderson Silva, earning between $2 - $6 million. Not bad for Silva especially considering most UFC fighters may fight just 4-5 times a year. Ambrose is estimated to clock an amazing 190+ appearances to draw that $2.7 million. It’s true UFC fighters probably take significantly more damage in their 3-4 fights, but wrestling 192 days of a 365 day year, and Ambrose is working for every penny of that $2.47 million.
At number 4 in the WWE is Roman Reigns, earning $3.5 million. In the UFC , number 4 is Jon Jones, estimated to earn between $3-$7 million. Very comparable.
At number 3 in the UFC is Ronda Rousey, who Forbes predicts could earn $10-$15 million in 2017 with just a single fight. Don’t snicker. We’re only in October. December 31 is almost 2 months away. Enough time for a training camp, a payday, and a miracle. Regardless, Rousey’s estimated bank still dwarfs the number 3 in the WWE, Triple H at $3.8 million.
At number 2 in the WWE is John Cena at $8 million. Number 2 in the UFC is Georges St. Pierre, estimated by Forbes to earn $10-$20 million for two fights. Even though John Cena is clearly better known than St. Pierre, the edge goes to the UFC here because John Cena would have to do a lot more than 2 appearances to earn his money.
At number 1 in both sports, you come to the true surprise: both men are UFC Champions: Brock Lesnar at $12 million, and Connor McGregor at a record shattering $100 million.
McGregor’s total is vastly inflated by the fight with Floyd Mayweather. Unless he fights Mayweather again, he may never again come near that record. But the 100 greatest UFC fighters combined, probably do not have $100 million to their name.
Perhaps this should be cause for consideration for those who believe that the UFC does not pay fighters well. Clearly the top stars of the UFC are doing as well if not better than their WWE counterparts
It’s the fighters in the rear who have to play the hustling game.