Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight champion Conor McGregor, who also held the featherweight strap at one point in his since-stalled mixed martial arts (MMA) career, is still living high on the life he enhanced alongside boxing icon Floyd Mayweather Jr.
In fact, “Money” and “Notorious” were both rich enough to make the Forbes Celebrity 100 list for 2018. The baby-making Irishman landed at No. 12 on the recently-published chart, compared to No. 1 for his pugilistic rival.
The UFC’s biggest star has not stepped foot in the Octagon professionally since November 2016, but Conor McGregor scored his biggest payday to date thanks to a 2017 boxing match with Floyd Mayweather. McGregor banked an estimated $85 million for the fight, more than five times his previous top paycheck. The fight had 4.3 million PPV buys and generated more than $550 million in revenue. The Irishman signed a slew of deals over the past 12 months with the buzz around the Mayweather fight. His current partners are Burger King, Beats by Dre, Monster Energy, David August, BSN, Anheuser-Busch, HiSmile and Betsafe. He also has a residency deal with the Wynn Las Vegas for all of his afterparties, and his digital properties, Conor McGregor FAST Program, MacMoji App, MacTalk App and the Mac Life, also generate cash.
Mayweaher stopped McGregor by way of tenth-round technical knockout.
There’s a very good chance McGregor could earn just one payday this year, assuming he’s able to reach a deal with Brooklyn prosecutors. “Notorious” was arrested and slapped with a slew of charges after his UFC 223 bus attack.
As for his next opponent, that remains to be seen, but Khabib Nurmagomedov currently wears the 155-pound crown and has unfinished business with Tony Ferguson. I find it hard to believe “El Cucuy” would get a title shot ahead of McGregor, but that depends on when — and if — “Mystic Mac” returns.