How much is Michael Chandler's net worth?
Despite being 2-3 since joining the UFC in 2021, Michael Chandler has taken the organization's lightweight division by storm. Since his entry, Chandler has gone to war with the best 155-pounders in the top flight. Through this, he earned the opportunity to welcome the sport's biggest star, Conor McGregor, back to the Octagon after being opposite coaches in an impending season of The Ultimate Fighter.
While Chandler is bound to receive his largest paycheck in the McGregor fight, he has earned a good amount of money over the course of his 14-year professional career. As of 2023, Chandler's net worth is $6 million, according to CAKnowledge.
Michael Chandler's path to big checks
Before joining the UFC, Chandler was a staple in Bellator, where he was a three-time lightweight champion and winner of the season four lightweight tournament. In 11 years and 23 fights, Chandler made $1,350,000 with Bellator, according to MMASalaries.com. His first six-figure check came in a losing effort against Eddie Alvarez in 2013, in which he received $115,000, according to MMASalaries.com.
In 2021, Chandler left Bellator to join the UFC and has not been paid less than the $280,000 he made after his title fight against Charles Oliveira. He made his first million ($1,074,500) after his head-kick knockout victory over Tony Ferguson at UFC 274. So far, Chandler has made $2,618,500 in the UFC, according to MMASalaries.com. In just five fights, the 36-year-old bonus machine has nearly doubled what took him a decade to make in Bellator.
Like many athletes, makes additional revenue through business and endorsements. His endeavors include training programs Walk On Fitness and SPEEDE. Chandler is also a spokesperson for Kram Nutrition, Monster Energy, Raw Gear, and Groove Life, among others.
Already one of the most exciting fighters in MMA, the fight against McGregor will likely elevate Chandler's popularity and net worth. If a fight with McGregor guarantees anything, it is a big payday for his opponent. Having both men coach the next TUF season was an excellent decision by the organization to build up one of the most exciting fights in UFC history.