Anderson Silva Net Worth: Was He the Highest Paid Fighter in the UFC?

Published 06/18/2021, 2:30 PM EDT


Anderson Silva is no less than a colossal brand in the fight world. In a career spread over two decades, Silva captivated every fight lover’s attention and made MMA one of the prime combat sports verticals. He took the sport by storm with his stupendous skill sets and with that he annihilated countless opponents.

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Also, at one point, he was the biggest UFC star, who almost ruled the entire promotion with his slick fighting skills. However, the Brazilian mixed martial artist was never the highest-paid fighter in the UFC.

Despite that, in a prolonged career, he made a fortune for himself by fighting and beating some of the toughest opponents around at the time. That said, as per Wealthy Gorilla, Silva’s net worth stands at a whopping $8 million.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 30: Anderson Silva of Brazil poses on the scale during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at UFC APEX on October 30, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

In his vast UFC run, ‘The Spider’ bagged extensive paychecks ranging from $30,000 to $750,000. In fact, he took a guaranteed purse of $750,000 twice in his career. His biggest paychecks came when he faced the current middleweight champ of the UFC, Israel Adesanya, and the contender Uriah Hall.

Silva undoubtedly made a massive amount of money at the UFC. And also with his sponsorship deals, fight bonuses, and PPV shares, the fighting legend banked sublime amounts throughout.

But more than the money and fame, the love for the sport kept Silva going. The 46-year-old always enjoyed his time in the octagon and it was certainly visible in his performances. With his staggering performances, ‘The Spider’ unquestionably inspired a generation of budding fighters, and even today, he looks to do the same.

Anderson Silva – One of the biggest UFC stars of all time

The Brazilian mixed martial artist was one of the most complete fighters of all time. Right from his standup game to his magnificent wrestling abilities, Silva always came up with the most cracking game plans to counter his opponents.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 27: Anderson ‘The Spider’ Silva of Brazil (R) and Michael ‘The Count’ Bisping of England (L) compete in their Middleweight bout during the UFC Fight Night held at at Indigo at The O2 Arena on February 27, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

He had a knack for making spontaneous adjustments in the fight. This approach helped him immensely throughout his MMA run. That said, Anderson Silva was one of a kind and there’ll be no other fighter like him. What is your favorite memory of Silva’s run in the UFC?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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