Conor McGregor Beats Khabib Nurmagomedov and Other UFC Fighters as the Richest Fighter in the Promotion

Published 07/03/2021, 7:03 AM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 23: Conor McGregor of Ireland arrives prior to his fight during the UFC 257 event inside Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 23, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)


Over the years, the UFC has morphed itself into the biggest MMA promotion in the world. What started out as an obscure sport backed by two brothers and their childhood friend has now developed into a major sport in the United States as well as the rest of the world. The growth of the UFC has allowed a lot of fighters to put food on their tables and provide for their family. 

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However, a select group of individuals, through their performances and their ability to captivate the attention of the audience, have achieved unparalleled success both inside and outside the octagon. Today we take a look at a fighter who has achieved unparalleled success financially in the UFC and answer questions fans often ponder over. Who is the richest fighter in the UFC?

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Conor McGregor on track to join a select few as a sports billionaire?

Conor McGregor is by far the biggest draw in the UFC. He is currently the only fighter who is able to consistently sell over a million PPV buys in his fights. Of the top 10 most successful PPVs in the UFC, McGregor has been a part of seven. Therefore, he is the highest-paid athlete in the UFC, and rightfully so. 

When it comes to his interests outside the octagon, McGregor has his hands dipped in a lot of businesses. From clothing to fitness apps, to mobile gaming apps to Irish whiskey, the McGregor brand is a driving force behind a lot of businesses. However, the crown jewel in McGregor’s portfolio is without a doubt his whiskey company, Proper No 12

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‘The Notorious’ recently sold a majority stake in his business for a whopping $158 million which propelled him to the top spot of the highest-paid athletes in the world last year. It is reported that the Irish super start has an estimated net worth of $400 million. ‘The Eagle’ comes in at #2 with an estimated net worth of $40 million, which is a huge gap, to say the least.

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What do you make of Conor McGregor’s wealth? Do you think anyone in the UFC can surpass him? Let us know in the comments below!

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Kevin Binoy

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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