Conor McGregor was guaranteed a $3 million purse for his welterweight bout against Donald Cerrone at UFC 246, according to the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
The number doesn’t include any bonuses or pay-per-view revenue, which could push McGregor’s total earnings much higher. The purses were disclosed in a Tuesday night email from NSAC Executive Director Bob Bennett to MMA Junkie.
McGregor (22-4 MMA, 10-2 UFC) made quick work of Cerrone (36-13 MMA, 23-10 UFC), who stepped in on short notice when the original opponent, Justin Gaethje, withdrew due to injury. McGregor stopped Cerrone with a head kick and punches just 40 seconds into the fight.
How much did mcgregor make ufc 264
Cerrone (36-13 MMA, 23-10 UFC) was making $200,000 for the fight, which is his show money. He does not have a win bonus.
With the disclosed numbers, McGregor made 15 times more than Cerrone for their fight.
This isn’t the first time that’s happened in the UFC. In fact, it’s pretty common for the biggest stars on the roster to make much more than their opponents. But it is notable because McGregor has been vocal in recent years about wanting equal pay for himself and his female counterparts in the UFC.
What is the ufc 246 pay per view buys
According to NSAC, the total live gate for UFC 246 was $17,207,010.80. The number is a record for the promotion in the state of Nevada. It’s not yet known how many pay-per-view buys the event generated. However, considering the massive gate and McGregor’s star power, it’s likely the event did quite well.
McGregor has now made at least $3 million in all but one of his UFC fights. His lone exception came in his lightweight title loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 in October 2018. For that bout, McGregor was guaranteed $2 million, with the potential to earn more based on pay-per-view sales. He did not reach the PPV targets, so his total earnings for that fight were $2 million.
Why did mcgregor fight at 170
McGregor fought at welterweight because he wanted a “busy” 2020, and fighting at 155 pounds would have required him to make a much shorter turnaround. McGregor said he wasn’t interested in an interim title fight at 155, so welterweight was the next logical step.
In his post-fight press conference, McGregor said he plans to return to lightweight and defend his title in 2020. He also said he’d be interested in a rematch with Nurmagomedov, but only if it takes place in the summer when there’s more daylight and heat available in Abu Dhabi, where the fight would likely take place.
How much did mcgregor make in his last fight
McGregor made $3 million in his last fight against Donald Cerrone at UFC 246. The number doesn’t include any bonuses or pay-per-view revenue, which could push McGregor’s total earnings much higher. The purses were disclosed in a Tuesday night email from NSAC Executive Director Bob Bennett to MMA Junkie.