Conor McGregor is making his long-awaited and highly-anticipated return to the Octagon and is estimating the biggest payday of his career when he takes on Donald Cerrone in the main event of UFC 246.
McGregor who made a big payday with his boxing match against Floyd Mayweather says he will make around $80 million for this fight. And, to much surprise, will be more than what he made for the Khabib Nurmagomedov fight.
“I’m confident it’s going to be a nice paycheck,” McGregor told ESPN’s Ariel Helwani. “Probably [the biggest payday] in my mixed martial arts career. It could be. I’m estimating a good $80 million. Like I said we’ve got Australia and Canada and England and Ireland. It should be a good one. I made around $50 million [for Khabib Nurmagomedov bout] They think I’m toast, Ariel, but I’m still the bread.”
Not only will he be making the most of his career, but Conor McGregor also estimates he will be a billionaire fairly soon. He knows he makes a lot by fighting but says his whiskey in Proper No. 12 and his clothing line have added to his income.
“I’ll be a billionaire by the time I’m 35,” Conor McGregor said. “That [Forbes] list is my list. I’m coming for that list. I’m still a good way away, but I’ll get there. I’ve got the methods. I’m not fighting for that. Fighting helps everything. I’m not even scratching the surface of what I should probably be paid, it’s the back-end money coming through. It should be guaranteed, but whatever. It is what it is.”
In the end, whether or not this payday is true, it is no doubt a massive payday for a mixed martial artist. Yet, given the fight is in Vegas, his fight salary will be released but that does not include pay-per-view points, bonuses, or sponsorships.