Here’s How Much Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier Earned in Their First 2 Fights

Published 06/24/2021, 12:05 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 4: (L-R) Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor face off during the UFC 178 Ultimate Media Day at the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino on August 4, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

UFC is about to have its biggest event of the year in the form of UFC 264 inside T-Mobile in Las Vegas. The card will feature one of the most heated rivalries between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier. Both fighters will battle to prove their superiority over each other in a trilogy fight. The duo has an even score of one each as they head towards the decider.


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The rematch at UFC 257 is the second most successful pay-per-view for the promotion in its twenty-seven-year-old history. MMA fans all across the world are eagerly waiting to find who will emerge as the better fighter out of the two, making it one of the most awaited events of the year so far.


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With such big events comes big fat paychecks. Considering the great response show by the fans, this third fight could provide even a bigger paycheck than the previous two.

Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier: Fight 1 purse

Dustin Poirier’s purse $34,000

Conor McGregor’s purse $200,000 ($75,000 to show up for the fight, $75,000 as win bonus, $50,000 for the Performance of the Night bonus). (as per a report by

The first battle was fought at UFC 178 on September 27, 2014. It was a three-rounder that got contested in the Featherweight division. ‘The Notorious’ won the fight by KO/TKO in round one, marking a start of a rivalry.

McGregor vs Poirier: The rematch fight purse

Poirier’s purse $1,070,000 ($1,000,000 to show up for the fight, $50,000 for the Performance of the Night bonus, $20,000 fight week incentive pay). (as per a report by

McGregor’s purse $5,020,000 ($5,000,000 to show up for the fight, $20,000 fight week incentive pay).

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 23: Dustin Poirier reacts after his knockout victory over Conor McGregor of Ireland in a lightweight 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 Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

The fighters saw a huge increment in their salary after UFC became a global phenomenon since their first meet. The rematch was put together after six long years at UFC 257 on January 23, 2021. This time around, both the contestants jumped a weight class as they meet in the Lightweight division. Dustin Poirier successfully avenged his loss by stopping Conor McGregor in the second round via a KO/TKO.


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Will the trilogy fight become an even bigger financial success than the rematch?


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Saurabh Singh Laledia is an MMA enthusiast who works as a UFC writer for EssentiallySports. His passion for the UFC infused with his knowledge of various fight styles such as Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu motivated him to pursue a career in combat sports journalism, as it would be where he could exhibit his expert views and unbiased opinions whilst keeping the fan’s perspective alive. He started watching the sport at UFC 53 in 2005 when ‘The Ace’ Rich Franklin beat Evan Turner to claim the belt and has traced the journey of the middleweight title right from 'The Spider' to 'The Last Stylebender'.