The extraordinary pay-day figures for Conor McGregor’s 13 second fight come via the calculations of Forbes.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission today released the salaries earned by each fighter at the record-breaking UFC 194 pay-per-view.
Conor McGregor, who was the victor in the main event over Jose Aldo, earned a cool $500,000 for his efforts. That figure does not include money paid by sponsors (estimated by Forbes to be $80k), or the payout derived from the UFC-Reebok deal.
A $50,000 bonus for performance of the night sees the figure rise to approximately $630,000 – but when one takes into account the massive pay-per-view buy rates – things become seriously envious with conservative estimates putting The Notorious’ profit at an eye-watering $3.5m.
Conor McGregor’s final figure depends on the cut he gets from PPV buys (said to be $3-5 per buy), and the number of actual buys.
Neither figure is known as of yet, but Forbes used Ronda Rousey’s pay-day from UFC 190 as an example of what Conor could earn, with the former Bantamweight champ said to have made as high as $5 million.
It’s widely presumed that UFC 194 will reach a million buys. Combine this with a low-base $3 per purchase, and McGregor stands to earn at least three and a half million dollars.
If the event did higher numbers (Forbes use the estimate of 1.5m buys), and the Dubliner receives five bucks from each, that would see him bank a staggering $8m. Such a figure of buys is possible. UFC 100, headlined by heavyweights Brock Lesnar and Frank Mir, did a reported 1.6 million rate.
Whatever the outcome, the Irishman’s bank account would make Walter White weep.
And as the man himself said in referring to Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao’s money-spinner:
“I’m 27, they were 40. I’m just getting warmed up.”