We already knew it would take a boatload of bucks to lure Conor McGregor back to the Octagon, but when you look at the promotion’s bottom line, there’s no question he’s worth every penny (as well as all the headaches that come with him).
So, how much will McGregor earn at UFC 229?
The official salaries are likely to be disclosed later this week by Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC), but that won’t include his pay-per-view (PPV) points or whatever other deals he worked out with Dana White and Co. behind the scenes.
“The deal I’m on now, it’s breathtaking what we have achieved,” McGregor told The Ariel Helwani MMA Show. “It’s a tasty, tasty, record-breaking deal. It’s give or take [nine figures]. The Mayweather [fight] was nine figures but we’re almost there. It’s a good, solid eight figures, halfway there. We’re very happy with the deal.”
McGregor made a disclosed $30 million for his Mayweather PPV fight in 2017.
While he may be happy with the deal, he may be unhappy with the fight itself. That’s because “Notorious” will face his toughest test to date (proof) in the form of undefeated lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, who made a career out of taking strikers to the floor and grinding the into dust.
We’ll find out in just a few days.