How Much Money Does UFC Star Conor McGregor Make Per Fight?

Published 07/02/2021, 9:39 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)


Conor McGregor is inarguably the most popular star in the history of MMA. ‘Notorious’ is a former two-division champion and one of the most successful stars in UFC history. Apart from being great in the ring, McGregor is loved by fans for his outspoken personality.

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‘McGregor’ has always been one of UFC’s most bankable stars and always generates huge PPV numbers. Therefore, it comes as no shock that McGregor is one of the highest-earning athletes in the world. When it comes to UFC in particular, there is no one that earns anything close to what ‘Notorious’ does.

McGregor is the only MMA fighter to be a part of the Forbes richest athletes list. However, most of his earnings come from his endeavors outside the UFC. Let us take a look at how much money McGregor earns from his UFC fights.

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How much did Conor McGregor make in his last 3 UFC fights?

The UFC is modeled in such a way that their revenue generated highly depends on the PPV earnings. Therefore, it is understandable that a fighter’s pay directly depends on the number of tickets sold. The more popular the fighter, the more tickets are sold and they generate more revenue for the UFC. In return, that fighter is paid the big bucks in the end.

Therefore, it comes as no surprise that the most popular UFC star (McGregor) earns the most money. In just his last 3 fights, McGregor has reportedly earned a whopping $3.7 million per fight. McGregor last competed in the UFC in January 2021 against Dustin Poirier at UFC 257. And although ‘Notorious’ lost that fight via a 2nd round TKO, he made a mammoth $5,020,000 from the fight.

While before that in his UFC 246 clash against Donald Cerrone, McGregor reportedly earned $3,060,000. This included a bonus of $10,000 from the performance of the night bonus. Prior to this McGregor faced ‘The Eagle’ and despite losing the fight, made $2,980,000. However, he and Nurmagomedov were both fined ‘$50,000’ for their post-fight brawl.

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McGregor had humble beginnings in the UFC

Today, ‘Notorious’ is one of the most popular and top-earning fighters in the UFC. However, he started like just another UFC fighter and earned $80,000 for his fight against Marcus Brimage. However, within two years, the fighter had made a name for himself and reportedly made $500,000 for his clash against Chad Mendes.

McGregor crossed the million mark for the first time back in 2016. ‘Notorious’ made around $1,090,000 despite his loss to Nate Diaz at UFC 196. Following this fight, McGregor earned almost 3 times the money for his next two fights. He earned $3,09,000 for his rematch against Diaz and his clash against Eddie Alvarez.

What’s next for Conor McGregor?

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Conor McGregor is all set to face Dustin Poirier at the UFC 264 event. This fight is going to be the third between the two fighters having already faced each other at UFC 178 and UFC 257. Currently, both fighters have won one fight each and therefore both of them would love to get a victory and win the trilogy.

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This fight is one of the most awaited fights of the year and therefore both fighters are expected to make good money from this fight. With McGregor almost guaranteed a $3 million payout and Poirier earning around $1 million.

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Paras Pande

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Paras Pande is a UFC author at EssentiallySports who is pursuing his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication. An ardent follower of the UFC, he has been covering the sport for 2 years now. Before joining the team at EssentiallySports, Paras gained expertise as an MMA writer whilst working with Sportskeeda.

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