Life’s pretty good for Conor McGregor right about now. The prized fighter just KO’d Jose Aldo, Jr. last weekend at UFC 194—and not just in the first round, but with the first punch. In the process, he shattered two of Ronda Rousey’s records. Up next: A role in the upcoming xXx 3 movie with Vin Diesel, apparently.
With McGregor’s fame at an all-time high, it’s no wonder the sport believes he could become the highest-paid fighter in earnest. Per ESPN.com, UFC chairman and CEO Lorenzo Fertitt said McGregor could be the sport’s “first $100 millionaire.” Darren Rovell broke down the numbers (and the possibilities):
If McGregor, 27, is going to reach that figure, it appears he’s going to have to stay relevant for a while. Filings with the Nevada Athletic Commission reveal McGregor was paid $500,000 for the fight against Aldo. He also gets a $40,000 bonus paid by the UFC for the Reebok outfitting deal and a $50,000 bonus from the UFC for the performance of the night. In addition, he’ll get a cut of the revenue from what is expected to be more than one million pay-per-view buys.
Those are all impressive numbers. We’re just saying the long-anticipated fight with Jesus Christ would really put him over the top. $100 million, for sure.
(Warning: NSFW language.)