MMA has gone from dying fringe sport to lucrative financial triumph. Over the last 15 years the UFC has given the most significant raises out of any sport on the planet. But it’s not just the money these guys are making in the cage. The elite fighters have been able to secure major endorsement deals with some of the largest brands in the world. The listing of the top 11 highest paid MMA fighters has some of the usual suspects and some that will certainly surprise you.
Jon Jones is the current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion and has been successfully defending that championship since 2010. Despite a large amount of controversy surrounding the New York native, he has been able to make a considerable amount of money inside the cage. He was able to secure an endorsement deals with both Nike and Gatorade. But trouble has followed Jones over the last year. Gatorade denied they had a deal with him at all and Nike dropped his agreement in September of 2014.