2016 has seen disclosed payouts in the UFC sky-rocket.
At UFC 196, Conor McGregor became the first fighter in the history of the promotion to receive a $1 million dollar sum before Pay-per-view points, gate percentages and bonuses were taken into account. A few months later, Brock Lesnar smashed the Irishman’s record to pieces, earning the princely sum of $2.5 million for his fight with Mark Hunt at UFC 200.
This steep upward trend has continued, as the Nevada State Athletic Commission(via Sherdog) have revealed that McGregor will earn a massive $3 million for UFC 202 and his welterweight rematch with Stockton’s Nate Diaz. Considering the fact that the pair’s first fight set a new PPV record, garnering a reported 1.9 million purchases, this is just a fraction of what ‘The Notorious’ one will actually pocket for the fight.
Diaz is also walking away with a significantly larger disclosed payday than he did in March. The Cesar Gracie black belt earned $500,000 dollars for his upset victory over the SBG product, but he will make $2 million for the sequel.
The 31-year-old had a well publicised stand-off with the UFC back in late May/early June, but the central issues were eventually ironed out. It seems likely that the figure he is earning here was inflated in the process.
Unfortunately for tonight’s headliners, their payouts may be dented by fines and possibly even legal costs stemming from the crazy events of Wednesday’s pre-fight press conference, at which they both launched bottles across the David Copperfield Theatre and McGregor tossed a couple of cans for good measure.