Conor McGregor as a brand has come alongway since his amateur MMA days back in 2007. McGregor rose to worldwide fame when he knocked out Jose Aldo in just 13 seconds to win UFC featherweight title which made him the most marketable fighter in both MMA and boxing combined. He turned professional back in 2008 and went into a 14 fight winning streak which impressed UFC President Dana White who signed him up in a multi fight contract back in 2013.
Conor McGregor Net Worth: $40 million
Average Early Earnings: $10 million (last 4 years)
2016 earnings: $27 million
Endorsement: $7 million a year
Endorsement Earnings: Beats Electronics, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Budweiser
World Highest Paid Athlete: Conor McGregor fought twice in 2017 and earned around $34 million from his two bouts. He was ranked #24 in the athelte richlist by Forbes.
- McGregor became the highest paid UFC star when he signed a new financially improved tie based PPV contract with UFC after defeated Jose Aldo. His new contract guarantees him anywhere between $16 to $20 million per fight depending on the PPV results.
- His recent 5 pay per view fights has been massive success. His win against Chad Mendes in UFC 189 back in July 2015, a second round TKO win. UFC 189 brought in record PPV buys resulting in McGregor becoming the highest paid MMA fighter with $7 million earnings from that fight.
- McGregor went on to break his PPV record in UFC 194 title fight against featherweight champion Jose Aldo, second highest grossing UFC PPV event with 1.4 million ppv buys and a $90 million gross revenue. McGregor cleared $10 million from that fight.
- McGregor also broke his own PPV record after his rematch against Nate Diaz (UFC 202) did over 1.65 million buys. McGregor now tops the UFC PPV charts with three of the top 4 fights.
We take a look at McGregor’s purse/bonus and PPV earnings since joining UFC back in 2013. Numbers below include disclosed purse and performance bonuses plus speculated PPV earnings.
Conor McGregor Purse History:
There is not much money to be made in the lower levels of MMA with fighters barely making a few thousands a night. Its not until they sign with UFC when bigger pay days comes along and that was the case with McGregor. When he signed with UFC in 2013 he had a multi-fight contract and mainly fought on the undercards of regular UFC fight nights. We take a look at his official purse and PPV earnings since 2013.
|TIMELINE||FIGHT||PURSE & BONUS||PPV SHARE|
|April 2013||Marcus Brimage (UFC Fuel TV)||$46,000 official purse & $25,000 win bonus||none|
|August 2013||Andy Ogle (UFC FIght night 26)||$60,000 official purse, $25,000 win bonus||none|
|July 2014||Diego Brandão (UFC Fight night 46)||$75,000 official purse, $75,000 win bonus||none|
|September 2014||Dustin Poirier (UFC 178)||$75,000 official purse, $75,000 win bonus, $50,000 performance of the night bonus||none|
|January 2015||Dennis Siver (UFC Fight night 59)||$85,000 disclosed purse, $85,000 win bonus and another $50,000 for performance of the night||none|
|February 2014||Signs a new UFC contract||Signs a new UFC multi-fight deal with tier based PPV earnings contract|
|July 2015||Chad Mendes (UFC 189 Main-Event)||$500,000 disclosed purse||Cleared $6 million with his first PPV headline fight|
|December 2015||Jose Aldo (UFC 194 Main-Event)||$500,000 disclosed purse||cleared another $7 million with PPV share, sponsorship deals|
|March 2016||Nate Diaz (UFC 196 Main-Event)||first ever $1 million disclosed purse in UFC history||cleared over $10 million with his tier based PPV deal with UFC and other sponsorships|
|August 2016||Nate Diaz (UFC 202 Main-Event)||Biggest disclosed purse of $3 million put McGregor in the league of his own.||McGregor cleared over $15 million from UFC 202 which broke all kinds of PPV records.|
|November 2016||Eddie Alvarez (UFC 205 Main-Event)||Another $3 million disclosed purse||Cleared over $10 million again in a third straight fight in 2016.|
|August 2017||Floyd Maywear (Boxing PPV)||Set to clear over $80 million from his one off boxing fight.|
Conor McGregor Endorsement Deals:
McGregor has number of sponsorship deals with several high profile companies. His endorsement deal with Reebok earnings him $50,000 per fight while he recently signed a deal with Supplements and Nutrition company called “BSN” which earnings him another $400,000 a year largely down to Reebok selling his personalized shoes, tees and other MMA related merchandiser
Fight week sponsorship deals: Boxing and MMA fighters usually sign short term deals only for fight week and McGregor has been racking in quite a few sponsors. Here are a few examples of his latest deals with several companies.
- Monster Energy
- Dethrone Royalty Brand
- Bud Light
He also has partnership deals with swedish car company Volvo and energy drink “Monster Energy” earning him decent bucks but not disclosed.
As the things stand his networth is round about $20 million after his first UFC defeat against Nate Diaz in early 2016. Several controversies after the fight and him pulling off the rematch is kind of left his career in jeopardy but a good comeback win will put him back up there in the PPV ladder. He might never become as big as Mayweather or even Manny Pacquiao but he has the style and personality to become unprecedented UFC super star.