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Conor McGregor’s rumored $5 million purse for his return to the Octagon at UFC 246 is less than 10 percent of what he’ll actually make when he faces Donald Cerrone on Saturday, says the former UFC Featherweight and Lightweight Champion.
In an exclusive interview with ESPN’s Ariel Helwani, McGregor estimates he’ll take home a staggering $80 million for the fight. The initial figure was simply his guaranteed purse, which is still a record for a UFC fighter.
However, it didn’t include additional money from the Reebok sponsorship, pay-per-view points and other endorsement deals. Because of McGregor’s history as the UFC’s biggest draw, the $80 million is a believable total.
McGregor has headlined 5 of the organization’s Top 6 PPV shows including UFC 229 when he lost to Khabib Nurmagomedov in 2018, which is the biggest of all time. That PPV drew an estimated 2.4 million PPV buys and McGregor says he made around $50 million for that fight.
In addition to McGregor’s value as a mixed martial artist, he also co-headlined the crossover boxing match with Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2017. The two men combined to produce the second-biggest combat sports event in history. McGregor is believed to have made more than $100 million for that fight.
That total partially explains why McGregor expressed an interest in a rematch with Mayweather during the interview with Helwani. You can see the entire interview here:
Mayweather and UFC President Dana White have been in talks regarding another event, and while other names have been mentioned, there is no question McGregor will be at the top of a list of fighters considered to match up with Mayweather.
A definitive win over Cerrone and a resurgence of sorts in 2020 for McGregor will make his name even hotter ahead of another mega attraction with Mayweather.