Posted by Justin Golightly @secretmovesmma
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Conor McGregor has become MMA's multi-million dollar man.

When he sits behind a UFC dais in a slim-fitting, turquoise suit and speaks about how he has broke every record in the game, it actually is true.

What those records translate into is money. Money to buy those suits, the watches, weeks at the "Mac Mansion" and $300k for the most elite fight camps in MMA. In addition to a fleet of vehicles (including three BMWs, a Range Rover, and a couple of Rolls-Royces), he owns a Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 that literally spits fire.

What does that kind of money look like?

Before official UFC 194 numbers came in, Forbes Magazine added up a mind-boggling amount which McGregor earned per second for his thirteen-second knockout of Jose Aldo.

"McGregor’s contract gives him a cut of pay-per-view shares: a reported $3-$5 for each purchase. While we don’t know exactly how many buys UFC 194 will total — most outlets predict well over one million. Going off the lowest figures in that equation, one million PPV buys with a $3 cut, McGregor would already be getting paid more than $230,000 per second. Add in his $580,000 combined fight and sponsor pay, and that number rises to over $275,000 per second ($3.5 million total)."

Forbes would go on to calculate that if UFC 194 did 1.5 million buys, and if McGregor received a top pay-per-view cut of $5 per buy, then his total would be almost $8 million —and that's just for one fight.

Even at $3 for each pay-per-view purchase for McGregor's cut, if this is applied to UFC 196 and UFC 202, those record-breaking base numbers skyrocket. When all of McGregor's UFC fights are looked at together, you get an even crazier picture of how much the silver-tongued, Irishman has earned.


Fights By The Numbers

  • Conor McGregor vs Marcus Brimage – $76,000 ($8,000 show, $8,000 win, $60,000 Knockout of the Night bonus)
  • Conor McGregor vs Max Holloway – $24,000 ($12,000 to show, $12,000 win bonus)
  • Conor McGregor vs Diego Brandao – $82,000 ($16,000 to show, $16,000 win bonus, $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus)
  • Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier – $200,000 ($75,000 to show, $75,000 win bonus, $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus)
  • Conor McGregor vs Dennis Siver – $220,000 ($85,000 to show, $85,000 win bonus, $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus)
  • Conor McGregor vs Chad Mendes – $580,000 ($500,000 to show, $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus, $30,000 Reebok sponsorship)
  • Conor McGregor vs Jose Aldo – $3.6 million ($500,000 to show, $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus, $40,000 Reebok sponsorship, est. $3 million* PPV cut)
  • Conor McGregor vs Nate Diaz – $5.6 million ($1 million to show, $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus, $40,000 Reebok sponsorship, est. $4.5 million* PPV cut)
  • Conor McGregor vs Nate Diaz 2 – $8 million ($3 million to show, $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus, $40,000 Reebok sponsorship, est. $5 million* PPV cut)

*Using an estimated $3 cut per pay-per-view buy.


Forbes confirming an $18 million amount and $22 million with outside endorsements.
Forbes confirming an $18 million amount and $22 million with outside endorsements.