There are many amazing fighters in the UFC, but not all of them are Instagram stars. So, in this list, we’ll present to you the most popular UFC fighters on Instagram in 2023. How many of them do you follow?
The 10 most popular UFC fighters on Instagram in 2023 are Conor McGregor, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Ronda Rousey, Jon Jones, Nate Diaz, Anderson Silva, Zubaira Tukhugov, Georges St-Pierre, Paige VanZant, and Israel Adesanya.
Check our video how the popularity of these 10 most popular UFC fighters has grown on Instagram.
If you are interested in how much money UFC’s most popular fighters make, be sure to check out this article.
The 10 most popular UFC fighters on Instagram in 2020 – in detail
10. Israel Adesanya
Account name: Israel Adesanya
Israel Adesanya (born July 22, 1989) is a Nigerian-born professional MMA fighter based in Auckland, New Zealand. He is a kickboxer and boxer. As a mixed martial artist, he is currently signed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship, where he is the Middleweight champion. As of March 2020, he is #5 in the UFC men’s pound-for-pound rankings.
He currently has an amazing UFC record of 19-0-0.
9. Paige VanZant
Account name: Paige VanZant
Paige Michelle Vanderford (born March 26, 1994), known professionally as Paige VanZant, is an American MMA fighter, author, and model. VanZant is signed to the flyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Outside of mixed martial arts, she has appeared in the television series Dancing with the Stars and Chopped. As of January 20, 2020, she is #15 in the UFC women’s flyweight rankings.
As she said in an interview, she’s not overly happy with the UFC’s earnings.
“I make a lot more money by sitting at home and posting photos on Instagram than I make by fighting. The last time I negotiated, I got a comment that I couldn’t be better paid than a champion. That’s fine, but why I have to be compared only with women? We all need to be better paid globally. I want a significant increase in incomes. I think I achieved a lot outside of the UFC as well as in it. I have five wins, four stoppages, I’ve been in the main fight twice, such references should be paid better than what I get,” Paige revealed during a guest appearance on an episode of Ariel Helwani’s show on ESPN.
In the meantime, she will continue making money through Instagram and plans to raise her popularity through her Youtube channel, which she co-directs with her husband, Austin Vanderford.
8. Georges St-Pierre
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Account name: Georges St-Pierre
Georges St-Pierre (born May 19, 1981) is a retired Canadian professional MMA fighter. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest fighters in mixed martial arts (MMA) history. St-Pierre is a two-division champion in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, having won titles in the welterweight and middleweight divisions.
This Canadian MMA Grandmaster has earned the title of World’s Best twice, defending the second title an amazing nine consecutive times. He has a career total of 26 wins and only two defeats, managing to take revenge on both of them. St-Pierre is a master who entered the world of martial arts, lasted for years and when he finally decided to retire – he had already gained everyone’s respect.
7. Zubaira Tukhugov
Account name: Zubaira Tukhugov
Zubaira Alikhanovich Tukhugov (born January 15, 1991) is a Russian MMA fighter of Chechen descent, who fights in the Featherweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional MMA competitor since 2010, Tukhugov made a name for himself fighting in promotions like Cage Warriors, ProFC, Fight Nights (EFN) and others, before joining the UFC in 2014.
Zubaira Tukhugov is known as one of the fighters who physically clashed with Conor McGregor after his defeat by Khabib Nurmagomedov, an act he extensively boasted about via his social networks.
6. Anderson Silva
Account name: Anderson “The Spider” Silva
Anderson da Silva (born April 14, 1975) is a Brazilian-American professional MMA fighter currently signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He is a former UFC Middleweight Champion and holds the record for the longest title reign in UFC history at 2,457 days. UFC president, Dana White, UFC commentator, Joe Rogan, and numerous mixed martial arts analysts have named Silva as the greatest mixed martial artist of all time.
Anderson Silva intended to retire before the first fight against Chris Weidman, but then changed his mind and decided to postpone his retirement. As chance would have it, Silva decided to continue his career because he thought that what had happened in the second fight against Weidman was a message from God.
“If I had won that fight I would have surely stopped everything, I would have fought no more. But I broke my leg and I think it was a message from God that it was not yet my time to stop. It was like telling me that I had worked so long to get there and why to quit then. I think these are some internal messages that leave a significant impression,” he said.
5. Nate Diaz
Account name: Nate Diaz
Nathan Donald Diaz (born April 16, 1985) is an American professional MMA fighter, currently signed with the UFC. Diaz is the younger brother of former Strikeforce Welterweight champion and WEC Welterweight champion, Nick Diaz. Prior to signing with the UFC, Diaz competed in World Extreme Cagefighting, Strikeforce, and Pancrase. He has been in the UFC since winning The Ultimate Fighter 5.
He has a UFC record of 21-12-0, and has won against some of the best fighters like Donald Cerrone, Conor McGregor, Gray Maynard, Kurt Pellegrino, and many others.
4. Jon Jones
Account name: Jon Bones Jones
Jonathan Dwight Jones (born July 19, 1987) is an American professional MMA fighter who is signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Widely regarded as one of the greatest MMA fighters, he is the current and two-time undisputed UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. Jones also held the interim UFC Light Heavyweight title for a while.
While growing up with his two brothers, he began to develop a love for the sport. While the brothers opted for American football, which they play professionally today, Bones preferred martial arts. He started doing wrestling in high school and soon became New York’s champion. He continued to wrestle and score at the state level, but soon dropped out of college to pursue a career in MMA. His decision to fight in the Light Heavyweight division, with his height (193 cm) and arm span (215 cm), was an excellent one as he had all the necessary prerequisites to succeed.
He has an amazing record of 26-1-0 (1 NC).
3. Ronda Rousey
Account name: Ronda Rousey
Ronda Jean Rousey (born February 1, 1987) is an American professional wrestler, actress, author, and former MMA fighter and judoka who is signed to WWE as a wrestler since 2018. Her longstanding nickname, “Rowdy”, was inherited from late professional wrestler, Roddy Piper.
Rousey was the inaugural female champion when she was named as the Bantamweight division champion. She took part in the first women’s fight in UFC history, where she successfully defended her title against Liz Carmouche at UFC 157. After she made a record for most UFC title defenses by a woman, Rousey had her first professional loss in MMA when she lost her title to Holly Holm. In 2018, she became the first female fighter to be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame.
Her dominance during the initial years in the Bantamweight division, at the time the only women’s UFC division, was unprecedented in the history of sports in general. Ronda literally demolished all her opponents by stoppages in the first round, so, for a while, it was thought that this girl was literally invincible. But then, there came the defeats by Holly Holm and Amanda Nunes, after which the former champion moved to WWE.
2. Khabib Nurmagomedov
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Account name: Khabib Nurmagomedov
Khabib Abdulmanapovich Nurmagomedov (born September 20, 1988) is a Russian professional MMA fighter. He is a two-time Combat Sambo World Champion and the reigning UFC Lightweight champion. With 28 wins and no losses, he holds the longest active undefeated streak in MMA.
Nurmagomedov was born in the Soviet Union, in the village of Sildi in present-day Dagestan, Russia. As a child, he began wrestling under the influence of his father. His father had a black belt in judo and was also the champion of Ukraine in sambo.
He had his first professional MMA fight in September 2008 and is undefeated to this day. He trains at the American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose.
He currently holds a flawless UFC record of 28-0-0.
1. Conor McGregor
Account name: Conor McGregor Official
Conor Anthony McGregor (Crumlin, Ireland, July 14, 1988) is an Irish mixed martial arts fighter. He has been the UFC Lightweight champion since November 12, 2016. McGregor is a former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Featherweight and Lightweight champion
McGregor was born in Crumlin, a suburb of Dublin. He has two sisters and is the founder of the clothing brand August McGregor and the Irish whiskey Proper Twelve.
He started off modestly, in the working-class neighborhood of Dublin. McGregor started boxing at age 12 at a local club in Crumlin and was one of the best young boxers in Ireland, but in 2006 he moved with his family to West Dublin, where he met future UFC fighter, Tom Egan, and discovered MMA. At the age of 18, he made his amateur fighting debut, winning by technical knockout in the first round. He decided to devote himself completely to his newfound love, and quit his plumbing job so that he could train. Because of that decision, McGregor clashed with his father, who had to put in a lot of effort to find a job for him.
Tony McGregor told his son at the time that he would make no money with MMA, but the barely legal Conor replied to him that he would be a millionaire by the age of 25. He was off by just a year.
The world’s greatest MMA star, Irishman Conor McGregor, is worth more than $100 million today. But, just a few years ago, he was literally on the brink of existence, seriously contemplating quitting MMA. Appearances in elite promotions turned him into a mega star very quickly, which in turn brought him large sums of money.
He is a former Cage Warriors Featherweight and Lightweight champion. In 2015, at UFC 194, McGregor defeated José Aldo for the UFC Featherweight Championship via knockout, 13 seconds into the first round, which is the fastest victory in a UFC title fight ever. Upon defeating Eddie Alvarez for the UFC Lightweight Championship at UFC 205, McGregor became the first fighter in UFC history to hold titles in two weight divisions simultaneously.
In his debut boxing match, McGregor lost to Floyd Mayweather Jr. He is the biggest pay-per-view (PPV) draw in MMA history, having headlined five out of the six highest-selling UFC pay-per-view events. His headline fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 drew 2.4 million PPV buys, the most ever for an MMA event. His boxing match with Mayweather drew 4.3 million PPV buys in North America, the second-most in history.
Conor McGregor has an amazing MMA record of 22-4-0. In the UFC, he has lost only two fights, against Khabib Nurmagomedov and Nate Diaz.