Derek Brunson Career Earnings (purse, payouts) + Net Worth

Derek Brunson is the #4 rank contender in the UFC’s Middleweight division. Also known as, “the Human Blanket”, he is one of the most prominent fighters in his division.

After making a very average start, Derek (23-7) was looking like just another fighter on the roster. However, the American kept fighting and building a resume, putting some big names on his list. Currently, Brunson is one of the most consistent and in-form fighters on the roster. 

Known for his grappling, and some solid wrestling, Brunson is sure to have made good money from his fights. Thus, the only question in people’s minds will be: How much did he earn? Let’s examine Derek Brunson career earnings through salary, purse, payouts, bonuses, incentive pay, sponsorship & what his net worth is.

Derek Brunson punches Darren Till of England in their middleweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on September 04, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Credits: Getty Images)

Before we begin, here are some important things to keep in mind. Firstly, Texas State Athletic Commission does not release fighter pay, so none of the following payout data for the event is official. However, we can estimate a fighter’s pay info by looking at their previous, officially-released salaries.

Secondly, Brunson’s salary, incentive pay, and PPV revenue from his upcoming fight with Jared Cannonier are yet to be released. Hence, you can check back here for updates. With all that out of the way, let’s begin.

Derek Brunson Career Earnings

Derek Brunson punches Kevin Holland in their middleweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on March 20, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Credits: Getty Images)
Fighter  Result  Base Salary  Win Bonus  Performance Bonus  Incentive Pay/ Sponsorships Total 
Darren Till W $135,000 $135,000   $21,000 $291,000
Kevin Holland W $130,000 $130,000   $20,000 $280,000
Edmen Shahbazyan W $125,00 $125,000   $15,000 $265,000
Ian Heinisch W $95,000 $95,000   $15,000 $205,000
Elias Theodorou W $90,000 $90,000   $15,000 $195,000
Israel Adesanya L $90,000     $15,000 $105,000
Jacare Souza L $90,000     $15,000 $105,000
Lyoto Machida W $85,000 $85,000 $50,000 $10,000 $230,000
Daniel Kelly W $43,000 $43,000   $10,000 $96,000
Anderson Silva L $43,000     $10,000 $53,000
Robert Whittaker L $43,000   $50,000 $10,000 $103,000
Uriah Hall W $40,000 $40,000   $10,000 $90,000
Roan Carneiro W $31,000 $31,000   $10,000 $72,000
Sam Alvey W $28,000 $28,000   $5,000 $61,000
Ed Herman W $25,000 $25,000     $50,000
Lorenz Larkin W $19,000   $50,000   $69,000
Yoel Romero L $17,000 $17,000     $35,000
Brian Houston W $17,000 $17,000     $35,000
Chris Leben W $13,000 $17,000     $30,000

Total UFC Earnings: $2,429,000  ($2.4 million)

A Glance at Derek Brunson Asset Accumulation

Name Derek Brunson
Age 38 years old (Born 1984)
Net Worth $3 million
Status Active 
Salary $291,000 (last fight vs Darren Till)
Source of Wealth UFC Career, Endorsements 
Endorsements  Reebok, Venom, Icon Meals, Real MyBookie, and more.
Endorsement Earnings $500,000
Marital Status  Unmarried 
Residence Wilmington, North Carolina, United States
Charities N/A

What is Derek Brunson Net Worth in 2022?

According to our research, Derek Brunson’s Net Worth sits at around $3 million in 2022. For the most part, Derek makes most of his killing plying his trade inside the Octagon but also from his lucrative endorsement deals. Currently, the US-based fighter is sponsored by Reebok, Venom, Icon Meals, Real MyBookie, and more. 

As mentioned above, Brunson’s earnings from UFC ( includes pay, salaries, earnings, bonuses) amount to $2,429,000. However, Derek began his career fighting in Strikeforce, WEF, Xtreme Promotions, ICE, and CFP. Thus, if we take into account the prize money from these fights, Derek’s earnings from MMA amount to about $2.5 million.

With his career still blooming, the 38-year-olds influence is expected to keep increasing,  making him a very marketable athlete. As such, you can expect a significant increase in Derek’s endorsement earnings in the coming years. Moreover, “the Human Blanket” will look to increase his Net Worth, even more, when he takes on Jared Cannonier at UFC 271. 

Sami Haider

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Sami Haider is a UFC/boxing journalist who connects combat sports to pop culture. His deep passion for the UFC started in 2018, triggered by the UFC 229: Khabib vs. McGregor fight. He is a passionate writer who has a profound love for the sport and the skills that are used in it. Through his work, Sami aspires to connect combat sportsmen and their enthusiastic fans.


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