CONOR McGREGOR is one of the biggest stars in UFC but how much is the Irishman worth? Starsport has all the details.
Conor McGregor will make his return to the Octagon in the early hours of Sunday morning against the undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov.
The UFC lightweight title is on the line, which the Russian picked up after McGregor was stripped of the belt due to inactivity in the sport.
According to UFC president Dana White, McGregor’s return to the sport was uncertain after he faced Floyd Mayweather in a lucrative boxing bout.
The Irish hero will end a near two-year absence from the Octagon at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
“It’s a tasty, tasty, record-breaking deal”
“When a guy makes 100million US dollars you don’t know whether he’s ever going to fight again,” White said.
“Conor made a lot of money, I’m sure he had a lot fun and did what he wanted to do but no matter how much money you make, you can only sit at home for so long before you start to go crazy.
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“You can tell this guy’s passionate about fighting, he loves breaking records and he obviously loves making money, so he’s back.”
Fans in the UK can watch the event live on BT Sport 1, with the preliminary fights getting underway at 1am BST.
The showdown between McGregor and Khabib is scheduled to begin at approximately 5am.
Conor McGregor net worth
According to Forbes, McGregor is estimated to be worth a whopping £69million ($90 million).
The Dubliner is a marketing goldmine and has commercial deals with the likes of Burger King, Beats by Dre and Monster Energy drinks.
His biggest prize money coup to date was courtesy of his boxing showdown with Mayweather which earned him a reported $100m.
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McGregor is set for the biggest payday of his UFC career, the 30-year-old has revealed.
Speaking on the Ariel Helwani MMA Show, he said: “It’s a tasty, tasty, record-breaking deal.
“It’s give or take [nine figures]. The Mayweather fight was nine figures but we’re almost there, it’s a good, solid eight figures.”
More than two million people in North America alone are expected to pay upwards of $70 (£54) to watch this weekend’s contest.
If so, it will smash the previous record set at UFC 202 in August 2016 when McGregor’s rematch against Nate Diaz drew 1.65m pay-per-view buys.
This weekend’s event has been billed as the biggest in the UFC’s history and is forecast to set a new benchmark in pay-per-view buys for the organisation.
McGregor’s comeback is unquestionably a factor in that, the 30-year-old set to compete in mixed martial arts for the first time since November 2016, when he defeated Eddie Alvarez to become the only fighter to simultaneously hold two UFC titles.
However, his absence meant he was stripped of both the featherweight and lightweight crowns, with Nurmagomedov succeeding McGregor as top dog in the latter division.
The animosity between the pair ramped up significantly in April when McGregor threw a dolly at the window of a bus containing several rival fighters, including Nurmagomedov.
The war of words has intensified ever since, contributing to plenty of ill-feeling between both camps and adding to the anticipation around the fight.