Although MMA has exploded into the public consciousness in recent years, with millions of people from around the world tuning in to watch the UFC, it’s weird to think where the sport would be without Conor McGregor. Of course, the idea of a superstar fighter isn’t foreign to MMA, with the Canadian Georges St-Pierre among others becoming popular in sporting circles.
Even St-Pierre, though, pales in comparison to the star power of the Irishman, so much so that he’s transcended his own sport; potentially squaring up to the undefeated boxing champ Floyd Mayweather in a showcase event. For Conor McGregor, the sky’s the limit, and his highly anticipated fight against Mayweather is set to add quite a lot to his already swollen bank accounts. Just how much, though, is Conor McGregor worth?
As the pair of fighters traded insults in the lead-up to their historic fight, Floyd Mayweather aimed a sly dig at McGregor’s net worth compared to his own, but the Irishman’s fortunes are far from meagre. At 28 years old, the Dublin-born fighter is ranked number 85 on the Forbes list of highest paid athletes in 2016, with $44 million in earnings, as well a net worth of $22 million. McGregor is the only MMA fighter to crack the top 100.
Around $4 million of that sum comes from sponsorship and endorsements, with Conor McGregor benefiting from lucrative contracts with the likes of Reebok, Bud Light, Monster Energy, as well as car manufacturers Volvo. The other $18 million comes from his fighting career, and with McGregor’s stock continuing to rise, we can expect him to get even richer.
In 2015, Conor McGregor secured the UFC featherweight title when he dispatched Jose Aldo in just 13 seconds, and since then, his rise to the top has looked unstoppable. At UFC 196 in March 2016, Conor McGregor lost out to Nate Diaz by submission, and was paid a million dollars for his role in the showcase fight. By the time McGregor got his revenge at UFC 202, the Irishman had tripled his earnings, and that’s not even counting his cut of the pay-per-view revenue.
Outside of the octagon, Conor McGregor is just as well-known for his brutal trash talk, as well as his immense flaunting of his wealth. McGregor’s Instagram page is chock-full of pictures and videos showing off his designer clothes, fancy watches, not to mention his pea green Lamborghini, which patrolled the streets of Dublin last week, only to be towed away at an intersection.
As Conor McGregor continues his ascent toward the pinnacle of contemporary sport, a good way to consolidate your status as one of the richest sportsmen in the world might be to take on the guy whose nickname is literally “Money”. Generally, boxers make a great deal more than MMA fighters, and Floyd Mayweather’s net worth of around $340 million reflects the relative chasm in earnings.
Conor McGregor could soon close that gap, however, when the two face off later this year. Should the fight prove successful for McGregor, there could be an avenue for more boxing matches alongside his usual UFC schedule, and the scope for even more earnings could be massive.
Over the past few years, Conor McGregor has been responsible for the UFC’s emergence as one of the most popular sports in the world. With an awesome fight record of 21-3, Conor McGregor is also the first fighter in history to hold both featherweight and lightweight titles at the same time.
While a net worth of $22 million is nothing to be scoffed at, McGregor’s place at the top table of superstar athletes depends on him climbing that Forbes list of top earners. Conor McGregor’s time at the pinnacle of the sport, though, could go on for a long time yet, and the longer he spends as the UFC’s star fighter, the bigger his wallet is likely to become.