The Notorious Conor McGregor is making a return to the Octagon over a years since his dramatic defeat to lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov. Despite losing in his last two professional matches, Conor McGregor is still a household name. He remains one of the biggest draws in mixed martial arts.
One of the world’s wealthiest fighters, McGregor, has 21 wins from 25 professional matches. He is making a return against the popular “Cowboy” Cerrone on January 16. For this match, he is returning to Las Vegas in a bid to get his MMA career back on track.
The sold-out fight with the Cowboy is the latest in a string of big paydays that have made Conor one of the wealthiest athletes on the planet. Just how much is the Notorious worth? Let’s find out what’s Conor McGregor’s net worth ahead of the Donald Cerrone fight.
What is Conor McGregor’s Net Worth?
Since his debut seven years ago, Crumlin’s most excellent helped MMA enter the mainstream with the combination of personality and talent. He amassed his fortune by headlining some of the most significant UFC events in history.
In the past two years, McGregor has been involved in many disputes both in and out of the ring. However, the controversies have not affected his bank account. For example, for his match with Khabib, he received a $30-million paycheck.
Over his illustrious career, Conor managed to earn somewhere around $235. However, to know his actual net worth, we need to take taxes into account. Today, the most feared Irish fighter is worth $120 million.
How Conor Made His Money?
McGregor headlined five different UFC events. His every appearance attracts a ton of attention to MMA. His ability to give the sport so much exposure helped him become the highest-paid fighter in mixed martial arts. Last year, he earned $9.5 million from bouts alone. Michael Bisping, the 2nd -highest paid MMA, earned $2.5 million less.
Outside of UFC, Conor’s biggest payday came when he faced Floyd Mayweather in the boxing ring, back in August 2017. Although he failed to win a single round in the match, he still took home more money than some of us will earn in our lifetimes. For ten rounds, McGregor earned whopping $100 million. He also makes money through his Reebok sponsorship, public appearances, and whiskey business.
How McGregor Compares to Other Athletes?
Conor’s future is set. Whether he manages to best his opponent or not, he will earn tens of millions off pay-per-view rights alone. However, Conor’s wealth still pales in comparison when compared to some of the top earners in the sports world.
Tiger Woods, who tops the list of world’s richest active athletes is worth staggering $800 million. Floyd Mayweather and LeBron James, who take up the 2nd and the 3rd spot on the list, are worth $560 and $480 million, respectively. Conor may seem rich beyond our wildest dreams, but he still has a long way to go to surpass these athletes and become the wealthiest athlete on the planet.