UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor’s net worth has become the subject of much speculation after the popular mixed martial arts star revealed that he had secured a lucrative endorsement deal with Burger King, an American fast food restaurant.
McGregor claimed on March 6th of 2018 that he had finally become the world’s highest-paid athlete, ahead of Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo.
McGregor has not fought inside the Octagon since winning the UFC lightweight championship in late 2016, having taken time off to await the birth of his first child in May of 2017 and then pursuing a boxing super fight with Floyd “Money” Mayweather.
The mixed martial artist is believed to have pulled in over $100 million for his fight with Mayweather, which saw him coming on strong in the opening rounds of the bout, landing some crisp combinations and putting on a show. Unfortunately for the Irishman, he began to tire as the fight drew on and was eventually TKO’d along the ropes in the eleventh round after the referee deemed him as being unable to defend himself.
Regardless of the loss, McGregor took home the biggest pay packet of his career. Forbes has listed that McGregor earned $27 million for his bouts in the 2016-2017 year, and $7 million from endorsements and sponsorships. Ronaldo is believed to have taken home $58 million from his salary at Real Madrid and $35 million in sponsorships and endorsements.
It seems that Forbes might not have had a chance to add McGregor’s rumoured $100 million from the Mayweather fight to his takings, but that doesn’t seem to phase the business savvy McGregor.
“I am also really interested to see this year’s Forbes highest paid athletes list. I have now surpassed Cristiano Ronaldo as I told him I would in 2016,” McGregor wrote in a post on Instagram. “Floyd as a retired fighter that makes ZERO substantial revenue outside of them ropes is not on the list, and in the long game, is already dead.”
That’s a hell of a lot of money. McGregor’s first bout in the UFC on April 6th of 2013 saw him defeating Marcus Brimage by TKO in the first round. He took home a disclosed $83,000, totalling from $8500 to show, $11000 to win and a $63,500 knockout of the night bonus.
Just a slight bump in his pay grade, huh?