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Conor McGregor estimating biggest payday of MMA career at UFC 246

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.

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Cole Shelton
Cole Shelton covers MMA for, MMANews, and while also being the lead MMA odds writer for Sports Betting Dime