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UFC champ Conor McGregor will earn $40 million by the end of 2016

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UFC 205 Press Conference Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight champion Conor McGregor holds the promotion’s record for pay-per-view (PPV) buys, so it should come as no surprise that he also set the high-water mark for earnings, as well.

To the tune of about $40 million.

That’s a far cry from the chump change a “broke bum” like opponent Eddie Alvarez generates under the UFC banner (sample), despite holding the 155-pound title after beating the snot out of Brazilian banger Rafael dos Anjos back in July.

“Notorious” talks finances during the UFC 205 press conference (watch it):

“I feel by the time 2016 closes out, I’ll be closing in on $40 million. This is a $40 million year for me. A damn good year. (Alvarez) is very lucky to be in the position he’s in. He understands that. That’s why he took this fight on the money he was on the last fight. That says it all. He’s broke and he’s desperate and he’s trying to make it, ‘McGregor’s this, McGregor’s that.’ We’ve heard it all before. He’s just another broke bum that can’t afford to pay his bills. That’s all it is.”

By his own admission, Alvarez wants some of that “freak show” money on Nov. 12.

With the way McGregor can move the needle, there is no doubt Alvarez will earn the biggest payout of his mixed martial arts (MMA) career when you factor in PPV points, evidenced by the boatload of cash Nate Diaz made earlier this year.

And he may even be privy to a rematch once “Notorious” gets “destroyed.”