According to Forbes, UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor is officially the highest earning mixed martial artist in the world, earning a reported $22 million(€19.3million) in endorsements and purse money over the past year.
His addition to Forbes’ list of the 100 highest-paid athletes is somewhat iconic, with the brash Dubliner coming in at No. 85 and becoming the first MMA fighter to feature since the list was first established.
Forbes reported that McGregor made a total of $18 million from fight purses alone, which is unsurprising given his star appeal within the UFC. The 145-pound champ also accumulated $4 million from endorsements, leaving him very comfortable financially.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) June 8, 2016
Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo topped the list with a whopping $88 million from salary and endorsements. The Portuguese footballer is flying high since winning the Champions League with the Spanish club, scoring the winning penalty in the final’s shoot out against rivals Atlético Madrid.
FC Barcelona footballer Lionel Messi, recently retired basketball star LeBron James, tennis players Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer as well as golfers Jordan Spieth and Phil Mickelson also feature in the top 10.
McGregor’s $22 million adds to an estimated earning of $3.1 billion from the 100 sportsmen and women that made the list. The Irishman is scheduled to face Nate Diaz at UFC 202 this coming August, a rematch following their welterweight brawl at UFC 196 this past March.
James McDonald, Pundit Arena