Donald Cerrone announces in his UFC HOF speech that he made $10 million in his UFC career

The UFC Hall of Fame induction ceremony for the class of 2023 took place at the T-Mobile Arena on July 6, and it was a truly emotional affair. This year’s inductees included two legends of the sport, Anderson Silva and Jose Aldo, who were recognized for their remarkable contributions to the world of mixed martial arts.

Anderson Silva, a former UFC middleweight champion, and one of the greatest of all time, was inducted into the pioneer wing of the UFC Hall of Fame. His reign atop the middleweight division from 2006 to 2012 is unparalleled, and he left an indelible mark on the sport. Silva’s son, Kalyl, attended the ceremony on his behalf and spoke about the pressure of living up to his father’s legacy.

Donald Cerrone, fondly known as “Cowboy,” was also honored with an induction into the modern wing of the Hall of Fame. In his address, Cerrone encouraged everyone to find their own version of the UFC—an endeavor that motivates them to lead a fulfilling life. His words struck a chord with the audience, emphasizing the transformative power of passion and unwavering dedication.

“Thank you all. I appreciate it. It’s been a wild, wild journey. And I feel good. God, I had so much I wanted to say. Oh, wow. Thank you, guys. I appreciate. I did it for you. Oh, yeah. $10 million. That’s what I made in the UFC.. How about that, huh? $10 million.”

“Not bad for a f**king blue collar country boy… ”

Jose Aldo, widely regarded as one of the greatest featherweights in UFC history, was inducted into the modern wing of the Hall of Fame. The emotional moment saw Aldo break down in tears before making his walk to the stage. His achievements in the octagon, including a long reign as the featherweight champion, solidified his status as an MMA icon.

Jens Pulver, the inaugural UFC lightweight champion, also received recognition in the pioneer wing. During his time on the podium, Pulver shared an important message about mental health, revealing his own struggles with anxiety and depression. He emphasized the importance of never closing the door on personal growth and the ability to overcome challenges over time.


Additionally, the legendary UFC 189 clash between Robbie Lawler and Rory MacDonald was also inducted. The intense battle between the two captivated fans and showcased the heart and determination that defines the sport of mixed martial arts.


The Nogueira brothers, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, received the 2023 Forrest Griffin Community Service award for their contributions outside of the octagon. Their dedication to giving back to the community has made a lasting impact and earned them this prestigious recognition.

The UFC Hall of Fame induction ceremony served as a reminder of the incredible talent and indomitable spirit that exists within the world of mixed martial arts. The legacy of fighters like Anderson Silva, Jose Aldo, and Jens Pulver will continue to inspire future generations of athletes and fans alike.

As the event concluded, the MMA community celebrated the accomplishments of these remarkable individuals and looked forward to the continued growth and success of the sport.