However, McGregor has made one thing crystal clear since reaching superstar status: he’ll only enter the octagon if the price is right.
Based on the popularity of his UFC fights, Dana White is typically willing to pay him whatever it takes to get a deal done. So, with the Irishman hauling in mountains of cash per fight, McGregor has become nothing less than filthy rich.
Conor McGregor’s MMA Career
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Conor McGregor, an Irish MMA fighter, made his UFC debut in 2013 and defeated Marcus Brimage via knockout. The rest, as they say, is history.
“The Notorious” then proceeded to win six consecutive fights, taking down the likes of Max Holloway, Dustin Poirier, Chad Mendes, and of course, Jose Aldo over two years to become the UFC Featherweight champ.
In 2016, McGregor suffered his first loss after being defeated via submission against Nate Diaz at UFC 196. The pair fought a rematch a few months later at UFC 202, and McGregor managed to win via majority decision.
McGregor defeated Eddie Alvarez in late 2016 to earn the UFC Lightweight belt and make him the champion in two different weight classes.
The Dublin, Ireland native fought in a hugely anticipated PPV boxing match against Floyd Mayweather in 2017, which saw McGregor earn an enormous payday, despite losing the fight.
He returned to The Octagon in 2018 for UFC 229, where he was bodied by Khabib Nurmagomedov in a wild display.
After not fighting in 2019, McGregor defeated Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone just 40 seconds into the first round at a welterweight bout at UFC 246. He dismantled Cerrone with vicious strikes from his shoulder to earn the TKO.
McGregor fought in a rematch with UFC fighter Dustin Poirier at UFC 257, which saw McGregor falter in a second-round knockout in Abu Dhabi. On Saturday, July 10, 2021, the pair took to the ring at UFC 264 in Las Vegas, where McGregor fell short against Dustin Poirier due to TKO after breaking his ankle towards the end of the first round.
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The horrifying injury cemented the loss for the former lightweight champion and suggests a long road to recovery should the Irish fighter opt against retirement. McGregor called the fight a fluke from his hospital bed rather than a post-fight press conference and vowed he’d be back in the octagon as a mixed martial artist.
Conor McGregor’s Net Worth
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Conor McGregor’s ability to draw a crowd has made him an extremely wealthy man.
Per reports, McGregor has pocketed over $20 million in career earnings from the UFC, in addition to pay-per-view and fight incentives. Additionally, McGregor has acquired a handful of major endorsement deals from Burger King, Reebok, Beats by Dre, Monster Energy and EA.
He also created his own Irish whiskey brand, Proper No. 12, and has his own fashion brand, August McGregor. McGregor and the whiskey brand’s co-founders sold their majority stake in a $600 million deal in April 2021.
It’s unknown just how much McGregor pocketed from the trilogy bout of Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier 3, but the Irishman reportedly made upwards of $3 million from their previous clash, so you can expect the paycheck to be nothing less than substantial.
According to Forbes, McGregor took home $48 million from earnings, incentives and endorsements in 2020, making him one of the world’s highest-paid athletes.
According to Celebrity Net Worth, McGregor boasts an estimated net worth of $200 million. He isn’t quite a billionaire just yet, but give “The Notorious” time. He might just fight his way to more money.