Top boxers make more than MMA fighters but did you know fighters from decades and even centuries ago made more than what top MMA fighters make today. -James L. Sullivan vs James Corbett happened in 1892. Corbett made $35,000 which is around $906k today. -Jack Johnson fought James Jeffries in 1910. Johnson received $50k while Jeffries received $60k for selling their rights for the fight to be filmed. The purse for the bout was $101k which was split 60/40 to the winner. Johnson made the equivalent of 3 million while Jeffries got 2.9 million. -Jack Dempsey fought Georges Carpentier in 1921. Dempsey was guaranteed $300k (3.9 million today) and Carpentier got $200k (2.9 million today). They also made extra money for the motion pictures rights to the fight. -The rematch between Jack Dempsey and Gene Tunney took place in 1927. Tunney was guaranteed 1 million (14.2 million today) and Dempsey got $447.5k (6.3 million today). -Muhammad Ali's first fight against Joe Frazier was in 1971. Both were guaranteed 2.5 million (14.5 million today). -The Rumble in the Jungle happened in 1974. Both Muhammad Ali and George Foreman were guaranteed 5 million (25 million today).