Inspired by Dana's comment that UFC is bigger than the NFL and is neck and neck with soccer, also because of this thread where the discussion turned into a "surely MMA could beat soccer in this country" debate so I decided to draw up some stats http://forums.sherdog.com/forums/f2/showthread.php?t=2739849 Here is a list of the highest paid fighters in the UFC per country compared to the highest paid Soccer player of that same country. The finds are interesting...(and hilarious) Note - Some of the fighters listed have only fought once in the last year so i tripled their show bonus as technically UFC have to pay you a minimum 3 times a year even if you only fought once or twice. GSP, Anderson and Jone's income also includes PPV bonuses based off of Couture's contract, everyone else is based on show, win and fight bonus money. Does not include sponsorship money Spoiler-ed as it is pretty long Spoiler USA Clint Dempsey - $6.7m Jon Jones - $4m Brazil Neymar - $20m Anderson Silva - $7.7m Canada Georges St-Pierre - $7.4m Atiba Hutchinson - $2m UK Wayne Rooney - $25.5m Michael Bisping - $700k Australia Luke Wilkshire - $6m Anthony Perosh - $134k New Zealand Winston Reid - $3.2m Mark Hunt - $510k Sweden Zlatan Ibrahimovic - $20.6m Alexander Gustafsson - $450k Netherlands Robin van Persie - $16.7m Alistair Overeem - $570k Mexico Javier Hernandez - $6.5m Erik Perez - $51k Russia Yuri Zhirkov - $5.5m Khabib Nurmagomedov - $90k Japan Shinji Kagawa - $8.3m Takeya Mizugaki - $120k South Korea Song Heung Min - $4.7m Dong Hyun Kim - $246k Iceland Gylfi Sigurdsson - $4.7m Gunnar Nelson - $48k Czech Republic Petr Cech - $8.8m Viktor Pesta - hasn't fought yet, but is on 10/10k Turkey Nuri Sahin - $4.2m Alptekin Ozkilic - $35k Ireland Robbie Keane - $4.5m Conor McGregor - $104k Nigeria John Obi Mikel - $5.7m Anthony Njokuani - $36k Belgium Eden Hazard - $14.9m Tarec Saffiedine - $150k Poland Robert Lewandowski - $15.1m Piotr Hallman - $80k South Africa Kagisho Dikgacoi - $1.1m Ruan Potts - 36k Singapore Sharil Ishak - $280k Royston Wee - $48k The Philippines Stephan Schrock - $800k Mark Eddiva - $36k Israel Yossi Benayoun - $4.2m Noad Lahat - $30k German Philip Lahm - $13.7m Denis Siver - $149k Iraq Younis Mahmoud - $1.4m Alan Omer - $36k Finland Teemu Pukki - $1.1m Tom Niinimaki - $48k Cuba Hector Lombard - $300k Osvaldo Alonso - $185k Croatia Luka Modric - $11.4m Igor Pokraiac - $76k Ukraine Marko Devic - $3.2m Nikita Krylov - $48k Armenia Henrikh Mkhitaryan - $4.8m Gegard Mousasi - $220k Bulgaria Dimitar Berbatov - $6.5m Stanislav Nedkov - $40k Cyrpus Constantinos Makrides - $900k Costas Phillipou - $69k France Frank Ribery - $15.1m Francis Carmont - $88k Jamaica Marlon King - $1.8m Uriah Hall - $40k Afganistan Zohib Islam - $90k Siyar Bahadurzada - $34k Argentina Lionel Messi - $27.4m Santiago Ponzinibbio - $30k Vietnam Cung Le - $340k Le Cong Vinh - $240k Denmark Daniel Agger - $7.8m Martin Kampmann - $150k Dominican Republic Heinz Barmettler - $450k Alex Garcia - $45k Bahamas Yves Edwards - $63k No professional players China Zheng Zhi - $2m Zhang Tiequan - $30k Iran Ashkan Dejagah - $3.4m Beneil Dariush - $30k Bosnia Edin Dzeko - $11.6m Mirsad Bektic - $30k Venezuela Juan Arango - $3.4m Maximo Blanco - $38k Haiti Jeff Louis - $500k Yves Jabouin - $55k Guam AJ De La Garza - $157k Jon Reyes - $36k I highlighted in red, the instances where a UFC fighter from a particular country was earning more than any given Soccer player. And of those 4 it was GSP - one of Canada's most famous athletes in general, Hector Lombard (no professional local league in Cuba), Cung Le (movie star) and Yves Jabouin (due to Bahamas having not produced a single professional player - ever!) So in general, UFC pays nowhere near as much as Soccer clubs do to their personnel in respects to individual talent vs the rest of the market largely because UFC is nothing but a dot compared to Soccer in wholesome terms.