Kamaru Usman Net Worth: How Much Has He Earned in His UFC Career?

Published 04/24/2021, 12:42 PM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 01: UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman poses on stage during the UFC 245 press conference at the Hulu Theatre at Madison Square Garden on November 1, 2019 in New York, New York. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Being a UFC fighter might be the dream of many people. Watching people like Conor McGregor and Israel Adesanya living a flashy lifestyle has surely made people forget the struggle that they have faced to reach there. Similarly, there’s the welterweight champion of the world, Kamaru Usman.

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Usman is one of the most successful fighters in the UFC and seems unbeatable. He has a record of 18-1, and his one loss came in his second fight in MMA. However, is he really compensated enough for all of his achievements?

LAS VEGAS, NV – JANUARY 16: UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman interacts with the media during the UFC 246 Ultimate Media Day at UFC APEX on January 16, 2020, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

According to celebritynetworth.com, the answer is no. The website states that Usman is worth a paltry 3 million dollars. It might seem a lot for the common man, but when you realize that boxers like Floyd Mayweather earn 40 million dollars per fight, it pales in comparison.

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However, the truth of the matter is that Usman is worth more than the three million dollars people assume he has. According to Sporting News, the Nigerian champion is set to earn at least 500 thousand dollars for his main event title defense against Jorge Masvidal.

Usman has also pocketed a hefty 500 thousand dollars for his fight against Colby Covington. Additionally, he got the same amount for defeating Masvidal at UFC 251. However, these amounts are the amounts that are disclosed by the UFC. The fighters also earn an undisclosed amount of money from the pay-per-view sales.

Kamaru Usman and the undisclosed money he earned from the UFC

Usman’s first fight against Masvidal sold 1.3 million pay-per-views. A major chunk can be attributed to Masvidal, but Usman must have still earned at least 50 thousand dollars in this bonus. He has also earned a performance of the night bonus for his win over Rafael dos Anjos.

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 12: (L-R) Kamaru Usman of Nigeria kicks Jorge Masvidal in their UFC welterweight championship fight during the UFC 251 event at Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 12, 2020, on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Adding it all up, it can be said that Usman is earning a lot of money in the UFC. This will be Usman’s fourth main event on a major UFC card and the one which earns him the most. His net worth is definitely more than the reported 3 million dollars, and he deserves every single penny of it.

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.

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