Conor McGregor is Set to Earn More Reebok Sponsorship Money From One Fight Than The Entire Remainder of the UFC Roster in 2018…
In case you don’t know just how much Conor McGregor is worth to the UFC, some startling facts have revealed by his manager Audie Attar. McGregor is set to earn more in Reebok sponsorship money alone from one fight against Khabib Nurmagamedov, than the entire rest of the UFC roster have so far in 2018.
There are currently 11 UFC weight classes, each with 15 ranked fighters (except for women’s flyweight). Straight away that’s 165 fighters. Add in the literal hundreds of others who are unranked, and McGregor’s achievement is even more insane.
The Irishman’s manager explained just how incredibly lucrative the Irishman’s contract is, with every dollar and bonus a record-breaking figure. McGregor wouldn’t come back unless it was worth it. He’s definitely making the most of it while it lasts.
McGregor’s enhanced Reebok contract was basically used to entice him to come back. In case you haven’t heard, he earned $100 million. He’s not the only UFC fighter with an individual deal – on this card alone Khabib Nurmagamedov, Tony Ferguson and Michelle Waterson are just some of the fighters with sponsorship. But McGregor’s earnings blow them out of the water. Attar explained:
“This was a carrot dangled before him to essentially get him to return. He loves fighting, he was always going to come back anyway. He’s made enough money that he doesn’t have to fight ever again.
He is not going to go in there and risk his life for nothing. This was a record-breaking deal, it was very lucrative. Obviously, including our business of proper 12, it’s never been done before.”
“We’re estimating around 3 to 3.5 million (pay-per-view buys), I’d say I’ll close in around the $50 million mark,” McGregor told the media during the pre-fight press conference on Thursday. “So for a mixed martial artist – to make $50 million in a mixed martial arts bout, it’s quite breathtaking.”
“To think where we have come from. When I fought Nate Diaz the first time, he was on $20,000 to show and $20,000 to win,” McGregor said. “The game has gone to so many new heights so quickly, and we’re all just trying to keep up and catch up. And it’s a great time to be involved in the sport for myself, for the fighters, for the promoters, for the managers, for the media in attendance, for the fans, for everyone.”
“Times are good, so let’s enjoy these momentous occasions.”
The title fight is official after both men made weight. Nurmagamedov unveiled the physique of his career, as he was the first fighter to make weight. He looked a little weak stepping off the scale – it is a brutal cut, but his body didn’t seem as drained as previous fights.
Meanwhile, McGregor looked in incredible shape as he stepped onto the scale. Gone is the emaciated crackhead we’ve seen at featherweight (and still be so effective). The cut is light for ‘The Notorious’ and the pressure was lifted. The fight is official and unless Tony Ferguson spikes one of their drinks, we’re going to get the war we want.