How much money does UFC light heavyweight contender Anthony Smith make?
The UFC's return to Charlotte for the first time in over five years is one that is sure to get the people of North Carolina excited to see MMA's premiere organization make the trip to the 'Queen City.' On Saturday, May 13, a pair of heavyweight sluggers battle it out as Jairzinho Rozenstruik (13-4) defends his top 10 ranking against the rising Jailton Almeida (18-2).
Perhaps the most anticipated fight will take part during the co-main event when the No. 5 ranked light heavyweight contender Anthony Smith (36-17) takes on another UFC and 205-pound veteran Johnny Walker (20-7) in a make or break fight for both men.
Smith has long been one of the staples of the light heavyweight division and has seen an increase in fandom since his days as a pundit began. The former title challenger will compete for the first time in 2023 when he steps into the Octagon in Charlotte and look to put his name back in the winning column following a TKO loss to Magomed Ankalaev at UFC 277.
Considering that Smith has been competing professionally since 2008 and been a part of the UFC since 2013, many fans will be wondering how much money does a veteran like Smith make and what exactly is his net worth?
Anthony Smith's net worth as of 2023.
He may not be touching the numbers that some UFC champions make but to say that Smith has done anything but earn himself a decent living would be an injustice. According to thesportslite.com, Smith has amassed a net worth of 5 million dollars throughout his long career in combat sports.
Gone are the days when he used to make $10K fighting at Strikeforce. His biggest pay check was during his lone title challenge in the UFC, coming up against Jon Jones. He would lose a lopsided decision at UFC 235 but walked away with $380K for his efforts.
Throughout his lengthy career in the UFC, it is estimated that he has amassed over $2 million for the 17 fights he has competed in. Smith's most recent fight against Ankalaev pocketed him a generous $295K, more than double what his opponent made despite Smith losing the fight in 10 minutes.
It is unknown how much Smith makes from endorsements or if he has any outside of the ones from the UFC, although it appears that he is more than secure for the foreseeable future. With his fight against Walker just around the corner, expect Smith to try to make one last push for that elusive title, and make more money along the way.