The earnings of UFC fighters between 2010 and 2017 became publicly known due to an unfair business practices lawsuit initiated by three former fighters in 2014, which later turned into a class action lawsuit in August.
Following a Court of Appeals’ rejection of the UFC’s appeal in this case, a series of declassified documents became accessible to the web portal Bloody Elbow. In these documents, the company disclosed the payouts that fighters received for their bouts during the mentioned period.
Based on the data provided by the UFC in this legal process, Conor McGregor’s earnings amounted to only $12.4 million when considering his rematch against Nate Diaz and the bout with Eddie Alvarez. This is in contrast to the substantial figures reported by prestigious financial publications, which estimated The Notorious’ UFC earnings to be $27 million in that year. It should be noted that McGregor later maximized his contract’s financial potential in his subsequent comebacks.
The lawsuit documents also reveal the earnings of other UFC stars, such as Anderson Silva, who accumulated $27.3 million from his nine fights between 2011 and 2016. There is data on fighters like Ronda Rousey, Jon Jones, George St-Pierre, and Demetrious Johnson. Notably, Demetrious Johnson received less than $600,000 for his last two world title fights, while Brock Lesnar set a record for his earnings in the fight against Mark Hunt.