Conor McGregor is expected to make an estimated $20 million after his career-defining victory over Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 on Saturday night, per several reports.
McGregor, the reigning featherweight champion, knocked out Alvarez in the second round to capture the UFC lightweight championship, becoming the first-ever fighter to hold two titles simultaneously.
In August, McGregor made approximately $15 million after defeating Nate Diaz in a brutal contest that lasted five rounds.
Seeing as Saturday’s event has already shattered a number of records which include highest gate in Madison Square Garden history, besides UFC breaking its own record of PPV buys, McGregor is expected to walk away with a higher purse.
The purse for the Diaz fight was set at $3 million. Therefore, McGregor is expected to get a pursue of $5 million for UFC 205.
Besides the pursue, McGregor will get a little more than half a million of sponsorship fees from Reebok. Since he won the fight, there will be additional bonuses in place.
Conor McGregor makes big bucks
During UFC 202, McGregor received $11.5 million worth of PPV figures, according to Mirror Sport. Seeing as UFC 205 has shattered previously set records, expect McGregor to net closer to $15 million from PPV buys alone.
Mirror speculated that “all in all you are looking at $15 million at the very least for the Irish man but all going well he should pass the $20 million mark.”
If the figures are accurate, McGregor could be netting close to $60 million for the 2016 calendar year alone. A year back, McGregor said his ambition was to surpass Floyd Mayweather as the biggest box office draw in combat sports / boxing history.
Fox Sports has also confirmed that McGregor’s earnings from UFC 205 will be the most that any fighter has made from a mixed martial arts PPV.
After knocking out Alvarez, McGregor made an arrogant speech which social media is still buzzing about.
“I’d like to take a chance to apologize to … absolutely nobody!”
Conor McGregor is now expected to defend his newly won lightweight championship against rising star Khabib Nurmagomedov in mid 2017.