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The Highest-Paid UFC Welterweights

Mar 18, 2023; London, UNITED KINGDOM; Leon Edwards (red gloves) celebrates after defeating Kamaru Usman (not pictured) during UFC 286 at O2 Arena. Mandatory Credit: Per Haljestam-USA TODAY Sports
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Combat sports attract millions of fans worldwide and the UFC leads the way as the top global combat sports brand. Their global dominance has been established thanks to top-tier fighters in all weight classes including welterweight. 

The highest-earning welterweights have made millions fighting in front of sold-out arenas and through pay-per-view.

At the top of the list of highest-earning UFC welterweights is Kamaru Usman, who has earned $5.8 million in his time fighting in the UFC.

Usman made his first appearance in the octagon in 2015. He held the welterweight title for three years before losing it to current titleholder Leon Edwards.

Colby Covington’s $3.6 million career earnings puts him in second. He’s compiled a record of 17-4 since his 2014 UFC debut. Four of Covington’s wins have come by submission and four others have come by knockout. 

Third on the list is nine-year UFC veteran Gilbert Burns. He’s earned $2.7 million since his UFC debut. Burns is the second oldest fighter among the top 10 highest-earners at 37. He’s picked up an impressive 11 first-round finishes in his career.

UFC middleweight champion Leon Edwards takes fourth at $1.4 million career earnings. He’s defended the title twice since winning it by knockout in 2022 vs Kamaru Usman. Edwards turned professional in 2011 and made his UFC debut in 2014. He’s won his last 12 fights.

Fifth is Neil Magny with $1.2 million in career earnings. He’s had the most UFC fights of the top five highest-earners with 41. Magny started his UFC career in 2013 with a unanimous decision win. His record is 29-12 including five straight wins. 

The top five highest-earners are the only welterweights to earn at least $1 million. 

Kamaru Usman’s 24 UFC fights are the least of any welterweight among the top 10 highest-earners. He earned $1.6 million in his last fight against Khamzat Chimaev, more than the career earnings of 17 fighters on the list.

Ranking the Highest-Paid Welterweights in the UFC

Here is the entire list of the highest-earning UFC welterweights. The list was compiled with data from BetMGM and Tapology.

  • Updated: July 8, 2024
RankFighterOverall RecordTotal Compensation
1Kamaru Usman20-4$5.8 million
2Colby Covington17-4$3.6 million
3Gilbert Burns22-7$2.7 million
4Leon Edwards22-3$1.4 million
5Neil Magny29-11$1.2 million
6Stephen Thompson17-7-1$981K
7Vicente Luque22-10-1$706K
8Tim Means33-16-1$586K
9Kevin Holland26-11$475K
10Li Jingliang19-8$454K
11Bryan Barberena18-12$443K
12Belal Muhammad23-3$372K
13Jack Della Maddalena17-2$270K
14Geoff Neal15-6$222K
T-15Joaquin Buckley19-6$200K
T-15Khaos Williams15-3$200K
17Shavkat Rakhmonov18-0$150K
18Sean Brady16-1$124K
19Muslim Salikhov19-5$120K
20Randy Brown19-5$112K

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