Former UFC Champ Brock Lesnar is MMA’s Top Dog on ESPN 30 Highest Paid Athletes List


Brock Lesnar

Brock Lesnar at UFC 116

ESPN The Magazine recently released a list of the “Best Paid Athletes in 30 Sports.” Tops on the list for mixed martial artists was no surprise; it was former WWE Superstar and former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar.

The numbers listed were for official base salary or earnings from the most recently completed season or calendar year, and did not include endorsements, appearance fees, sponsorship money or other such sources of income.

In Lesnar’s case, his earnings for 2010 were listed at $5.3 million. That number only includes his salary as reported to the athletic commissions and an estimate on what he made from pay-per-view bonuses. Lesnar likely earned other bonuses, and of course, had numerous endorsements and other sources of income that were not in the tally.

While dwarfing several other sports’ top earners, that number barely puts a dent in the earnings of the top dogs in the major sports in the United States. Alex Rodriguez in baseball and Manny Pacquiao in boxing both made a reported $32 million each, while Kobe Bryant pulled down $24.8 million in the NBA, and the NFL’s Peyton Manning earned $15.8 million.

Lesnar’s earnings, at $5.3 million, were still a tremendous jump forward from what UFC Hall of Famer Royce Gracie earned for his victory at UFC 1. Gracie won three fights that night in a tournament format to rake in $50,000.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

  • 4 days ago
  • 0 views

UFC President Dana White has again hinted former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar might be interested in making a return to the octagon once his WWE obligations end.Filed under: Featured, MMA Rumors read news >>

  • 18 days ago
  • 0 views

There are plenty of reasons why it makes more sense for Brock Lesnar to stay with WWE when his current deal expires in the spring. But WWE's change in business based on launching its own network is a read news >>

  • 18 days ago
  • 33 views

He's 38 years old. He lost his last two fights badly. Don't matter. Brock Lesnar is the only man who can pit the UFC against the WWE in a bidding war and he might be headed back to the Octagon. In 20 read news >>

  • 4 days ago
  • 0 views

Brock Lesnar's contract with the WWE expires on early 2015, and Dana White says the former UFC champion is 'interested in fighting again'. Brock Lesnar has been plying his trade in pro-wrestling for read news >>

  • 4 days ago
  • 1 views

Or maybe the former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight champion will sign with Bellator MMA and turn the entire mixed martial arts (MMA) world upside down, for no other reason than some read news >>

  • 4 days ago
  • 2 views

A month would not be complete without discussing four-time and current WWE World Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar (oh, and former UFC heavyweight champion too) possibly returning to the UFC. Luckily read news >>

  • 3 days ago
  • 1 views

Welcome to the Promotional Malpractice Live Chat, episode 113. Seriously, it's hard to know where to start with this given the amount of topics and issues going on in the sport. I suppose first and f read news >>

  • 3 days ago
  • 0 views

UFC president Dana White says the door is open for Brock Lesnar if the former heavyweight titleholder decides that he wants to fight again. read news >>

  • 2 days ago
  • 1 views

That's according to Dana White, who says the rival promotion doesn't have the talent to satisfy Lesnar's hunger to fight the best in the world. "Brock Lesnar wouldn't go to Bellator. Brock wants to f read news >>

Jump to: