According to the numbers, “Notorious” — who landed at No. 65 out of 100 — made $47 million from July 2018 to July 2019, which is the qualifying time frame. Now, you might ask yourself, “How in the world did Conor make so much money if he only fought one time in that span?”
Well, for starters, his fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 last October was the highest-selling pay-per-view event in UFC’s history, raking in over 2 million buys.
Aside from his base pay of $3 million, Conor gets a piece of every buy, bringing him way more than what his salary does. He also has several sponsors such as Monster and Reebok that pay him handsomely.
Besides that, Conor’s Proper No. 12 Whiskey had record sales this year, helping bring the whisky business to over a $1 billion in the USA.
Conor out-earned several prominent celebrities in that time span including Jennifer Lopez, Steve Harvey, Kyrie Irving, Drew Brees and The Rolling Stones, just to name a few.
Indeed, McGregor has long been the highest earner under the UFC banner, and he doesn’t even have to fight that often to hold on to that label, as his side businesses have insured that he will be making money long after his fighting days are over.
It’s all about having that insane star power.
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