Aljamain Sterling career earnings, purse, payouts + Net Worth 2022

Aljamain Sterling is a Jamaican-American mixed martial artist who fights in the bantamweight division of the UFC. Sterling won the UFC bantamweight title by defeating Petr Yan at UFC 259 and successfully defended the title once. Fans nicknamed Sterling “the Funk Master”  because of his unorthodox fighting style.

To stay away from child gang activities, Sterling started wrestling at his high school. After high school graduation, Sterling attended Morrisville State College, where he continued his wrestling journey. In his freshman year, the Funk Master met the notorious Jon Jones and started practicing with the Jon Jones team, where Sterling found his interest in MMA fighting.

Sterling started his amateur career in 2009 and sealed that career with 6 wins and 1 loss. At the beginning of his professional MMA career, the Funk Master started fighting in both the Cage Fury Fighting Championship and the  Ring of Combat. This American fighter secured the bantamweight title in both MMA competitions. Later on, Sterling joined the UFC and started fighting in the bantamweight division.

At UFC 170, The Funk Master stepped in as a replacement fighter to fight Cody Gibson and won by unanimous decision. After that, Sterling began his dominating UFC career in which he participated in bouts in the featherweight and bantamweight divisions. After Petr Yan won the vacant bantamweight title, Sterling became the mandatory challenger for the title. Then at UFC 259, Petr Yan was disqualified for the illegal knee movement and Sterling became the bantamweight champion.

Sterling has already defended his title once against Petr Yan since winning it, and he is currently preparing to defend it for the second time against former champion T.J Dillashaw at UFC 280.

To date, Sterling has competed in 24 professional MMA fights, taking down his opponents 21 times while losing three. Because of his versatile career, everyone assumes Sterling earns a hefty amount of money; we will clarify everyone’s doubt. Let’s examine Aljamain Sterling’s career earnings through salary, purse, payouts, bonuses, incentive pay, sponsorship, and what his net worth is.

Before we begin, here are some important things to keep in mind. UFC maintains tight privacy on athlete salaries, but we can still estimate each fighter’s earnings based on their prior matches, our UFC insider data, numerous news outlets, authors, and Nevada State Athletic Commission data. You can check back here for the latest updates. With all that out of the way, let’s begin.

Aljamain Sterling UFC Career Earnings

Aljamain Sterling

Opponents Result Base Salary   Win Bonus Performance Bonus/ PPV Revenue Incentive Pay/ Sponsorships Total 
Cody Gibson W $8,000 $8,000 $15,000 $31,000
Hugo Viana W $10,000 $10,000 $15,000 $35,000
Takeya Mizugaki W $12,000 $12,000 $15,000 $39,000
Johnny Eduardo W $14,00 $14,000 $2,500 $30,500
Bryan Caraway L $30,000 $0 $2,500 $32,500
Raphael Assunção L $30,000 $0 $5,000 $35,000
Augusto Mendes W $30,000 $30,000 $5,000 $65,000
Renan Barão W $33,000 $33,000 $5,000 $71,000
Marlon Moraes L $36,000 $0 $5,000 $41,000
Brett Johns W $36,000 $36,000 $5,000 $77,000
Cody Stamann W $39,000 $39,000 $10,000 $88,000
Jimmie Rivera W $70,000 $70,000 $10,000 $150,000
Pedro Munhoz W $73,000 $73,000 $10,000 $156,000
Cory Sandhagen W $76,000 $76,000 $10,000 $212,000
Petr Yan W $100,000 $100,000 $30,000 $230,000
Petr Yan W $250,000 $250,000 $600,000 $42,000 $1,142,000
T.J. Dillashaw
Total UFC Earnings $2,435,000

 ($2.435 M)

An Outline of Aljamain Sterling’s wealth

Name Aljamain Sterling
Age 33 
Date of Birth July 31,1989
Nickname Funk Master
Net Worth $1.7 M
Status Active (Bantamweight)
Salary $250,000 ( last fight vs Petr Yan)
Source of Wealth UFC Career, Endorsements, Sponsorships
Endorsements  Everlast, Trojan, Findlay Toyota, Speedy Bear, and more
Endorsement Earnings N/A
Relationship Status Engaged with Rebecca Cruz
Residence Massapequa, New York, U.S.
Charities Donate through “Fighters for Cerebral Palsy” foundation

What is Aljamain Sterling net worth in 2022?

Aljamain Sterling makes the majority of his money from fighting, but from several collaborations with brands like BodyArmor, Draftkings, and P3, and selling his marches through his official website also generates a lofty amount of money. Currently, the Jamaican-American fighter is sponsored by Everlast, Trojan, Findlay Toyota, Speedy Bear, and more.

As mentioned above, Sterling’s earnings from UFC (including payouts, salaries, earnings, and bonuses) amount to $2,435,000. Including all other income, Aljamain Sterling’s net worth is estimated to be $1.7 M.

With his career still to reach its full potential, the 33-year-old’s influence is expected to keep increasing, making him a very marketable athlete. As such, you can expect a significant increase in Sterling’s endorsement earnings in the coming years. Moreover, “The Funk Master” will look to increase his income, even more, when he will defend the bantamweight title for the second time against TJ Dillashaw at UFC 280 co-main card.

Saifullah Nayem

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Business undergrad and has been a culer since childhood, currently working as a combat sportswriter at SportsZion. Aside from sports, he is passionate about marketing and business-related activities.


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