Women have been competing in mixed martial arts since the mid-90s. However, it wasn’t until stars like Gina Carano rose to prominence in the late-2000s that female fighters began to receive mainstream recognition. Of course, when Ronda Rousey (and women’s MMA in general) debuted in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in 2013, it opened the door for many of the top female fighters we see today.
Now that more women are competing and thriving in the sport then ever, they are also starting to make some pretty good money. In fact, as we are about to see, several of the wealthiest have become millionaires.
10 Valentina Shevchenko ($1 Million)
Valentina “Bullet” Shevchenko is the reigning UFC Women’s Flyweight champ. The native of Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan (part of the former Soviet Union) is currently ranked as the number 11 pound-for-pound fighter in the world on a list that includes both men and women. The crafty Muay Thai specialist holds signature victories over Joanna Jedrzejczyk, Juliana Pena, and Holly Holm. Shevchenko is also the last woman to be involved in a competitive fight with current double champ, Amanda Nunes.
According to Net Worth Stats, “Bullet” is worth as much as $1 million. It should be noted that this number may be low, as Shevchenko has been involved in several high profile fights fairly recently, and her winnings may not have been taken into account when this number was released.
9 Amanda Nunes ($1 Million)
Given her resume, it’s clear that Amanda “The Lioness” Nunes is the greatest female fighter to ever set foot in the Octagon. She’s defeated a who’s who of women’s MMA. Nunes has beaten Cris Cyborg, Ronda Rousey, Valentina Shevchenko, and Miesha Tate – just to name a few. The Brazilian holds both the UFC Women’s Bantamweight and Featherweight championships. She is the only woman in the history of the UFC to hold titles simultaneously.
Considering her accomplishments, one would expect to see Nunes much further down our list. That being said, she is still worth $1 million, according to Wealthy Gorilla.
8 Cat Zingano ($2 Million)
“Alpha” Cat Zingano is a free agent who previously competed in both the UFC’s bantamweight and featherweight divisions. She was the distinction of being the last woman to defeat Amanda Nunes – a feat accomplished back in 2014. She is skilled grappler and former ADCC Submission Wrestling World Champion. The Winona, Minnesota product is perhaps best known for challenging Ronda Rousey for the title at UFC 184, back in February of 2015. Rousey would end up winning the fight in just 14 seconds.
Mixed martial arts has been very kind to the former title challenger, whose net worth is listed at a cool $2 million.
7 Paige VanZant ($3.5 Million)
While her resume isn’t as polished as the other women on our list, due in no small part to her marketable appearance, “12 Gauge” Paige VanZant is one of the UFC’s most popular fighters around. The 25-year-old from Dundee, Oregon, has wins over Felice Herrig and Bec Rawlings. Outside of the UFC, VanZant has appeared on several popular television shows, including Chopped. She was also the runner-up on the 22nd season of Dancing with the Stars. The scrappy blonde has also dabbled in modeling and recently posed for the Sport’s Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
Though she made most of her money outside the cage, “12 Gague” is still said to be worth an impressive $3.5 million.
6 Holly Holm ($3.5 Million)
Albuquerque, New Mexico’s Holly Holm, became a star overnight when she upset Ronda Rousey at UFC 193 with the head kick heard round the world – capturing the UFC Women’s Bantamweight strap in the process. Though she’s struggled a bit since the Rousey fight, the 37-year-old has been involved in competitive fights with stars like Cris Cyborg, Valentina Shevchenko, and Miesha Tate. Prior to entering the UFC, Holm had a lengthy pro boxing career in which is she captured numerous world titles.
Between boxing and MMA, “The Preacher’s Daughter” has made a very nice living over the years. In fact, Wealtholino claims she has $3.5 million in total assets.
5 Cris Cyborg ($5 Million)
For years, Cris Cyborg has been regarded as one of the most dominant women in the sport of mixed martial arts. The Brazilian had a lengthy undefeated streak that lasted from November of 2005 to December of 2018. The former UFC Women’s Featherweight champ has defeated stars like Holly Holm, Gina Carano, and Marloes Coenen. She recently had a falling out with the Ultimate Fighting Championship and signed a lucrative deal with their top competitor, Bellator MMA.
Cyborg has been one of the most popular female stars for over a decade and has the bank account to prove it. Based on info provided by Gossip Gist, the former featherweight queen is worth $5 million.
4 Joanna Jedrzejczyk ($5 Million)
Joanna Jedrzejczyk is a Muay Thai specialist out of Olsztyn, Poland. She held the UFC Women’s Strawweight Championship for over two years and defended it five times. The 32-year-old has signature wins over Carla Esparza, Jessica Andrade, and Claudia Gadelha. She has also competed for the flyweight strap against current champ Valentina Shevchenko. Jedrzejczyk is an elite striker who is widely regarded as one of the greatest female fighters of all-time. After her recent victory over Michelle Waterson, the Polish powerhouse appears to on the verge of another title shot.
The flyweight superstar has been a UFC headliner for years now and made good money along the way. Super Hub lists her net worth at $5 million.
3 Miesha Tate ($6 Million)
Miesha “Cupcake” Tate is a retired MMA fighter who was one of the UFC’s early female stars. The 33-year-old is best known for her feud with Ronda Rousey, which helped shine a spotlight on women’s MMA. Tate’s finest moment occurred at UFC 196, back in 2016, when she upset Holly Holm to capture the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship. The former champ has also modeled for several well-known publications like Fitness Gurlz and ESPN The Magazine. These days, she serves as the Vice President for One Championship, an MMA promotion based in Singapore.
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Tate has around $6 million in total assets.
2 Gina Carano ($8 Million)
While there were some noteworthy fighters that came before her, Gina “Conviction” Carano was the sport’s first female mainstream star. She is also the only woman on our list who never fought in the UFC. The talented Muay Thai fighter had eight pro fights and finished with a stellar 7-1 record. Outside the cage, she modeled for Maxim and ESPN The Magazine. Carano was also a gladiator in the 2008 American Gladiator remake. She’s gone on to become an actress and appeared in several mainstream films. Carano starred in 2011 action film Haywire, Deadpool, and Fast & Furious 6.
Unsurprisingly, only a small portion of her reported $8 million net worth comes from fighting.
1 Ronda Rousey ($12 Million)
Gina Carano may have been the sport’s first female star, but Ronda Rousey took things a step further by becoming the women’s division's inaugural megastar. The Riverside, California native impressed UFC officials with her quick finishes and marketable persona – so much so that they created an entire division around her. Of course, this also opened the door for other female fighters to enter the UFC. During her MMA run, the former bantamweight champ became a household name, appearing on the cover of magazines and in mainstream films. Rousey also had a successful run in WWE.
She is said to be worth 12 million, which makes her the wealthiest woman on our list.