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Conor McGregor won’t top Forbes list for 2018, plans UFC return anyway

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight titleholder Conor McGregor was hoping to unseat soccer deity Cristiano Ronaldo from the No. 1 spot in Forbes annual list of highest-paid athletes.

Better luck next time.

McGregor thought a December return to mixed martial arts (MMA) — coupled with his Floyd Mayweather Jr. bout this August — would be enough to command the financial magazine’s top spot for 2018.

Alas, it was not meant to be (via MMA Fighting):

“What was really making me want that Dec. 30 fight was the Forbes list. I thought it was January to January, so I thought I had more time to hit the No. 1 spot. If I would have fought Floyd, then the Dec. 30 fight, that would have put me in the No. 1 spot. It’s actually July to July. I said I was gonna fight, I am gonna fight. I always want to fight. I’m an active motherfucker. What else would I be doing?”

Making babies?

McGregor made his debut on the Forbes list in 2016, clocking in at No. 85 with roughly $22 million in disclosed earnings. He made a significant jump the following year, landing at No. 24 with an estimated net of $34 million.

Mayweather placed No. 16 in 2016 with $44 million but was absent from last year’s list due to inactivity. That said, I guess we’ll find out who the real “A-side” is when the disclosed purses are revealed for the upcoming “Money Fight.”

Stay tuned.

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