How much will Conor Mcgregor earn at UFC 257?

How much will Conor Mcgregor earn at UFC 257?

There has been a great deal of debate and speculation around how much money Conor McGregor is actually earning in the UFC. McGregor himself has claimed that he made $50 million for his fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov and upwards of $80 million for his fight against Donald Cerrone. McGregor himself shared that the Cerrone PPV (UFC 246) did 1,353,429 buys. At 64.99 for the PPV, that means that the UFC earned roughly 88 million in revenue for this card. To believe that McGregor was paid 91% of that revenue is highly unlikely.

Let’s take a look at a standard tiered PPV contract for a championship fighter in the UFC:

$1 per ticket for 200,000-400,000 PPV Buys
$2 per ticket for 400,000-600,000 PPV Buys
$2.50 per ticket for 600,000+ PPV Buys

Given that math, with a standard contract, Conor would have made $2,483,123 in PPV dollars on top of the $3 million disclosed base pay. This is a sizable amount of money but its unlikely that a megastar like Conor is agreeing to a standard PPV contract. It’s more likely that Conor is drawing 3-5x the standard contract. I will give Conor the benefit of the doubt and assume 5x as a multiplier. This means that he made $28.5 million vs Khabib and $15.5 million against Cerrone. I think these numbers are much more realistic and within the realm of possibility at least.

It’s been reported that Conor will earn $5 million in base pay for his fight against Dustin Poirier at UFC 257. We estimate that this fight will deliver 2 million PPV buys given the hype around his return. At this rate and using our previous assumptions, Conor should earn in the neighborhood of $25.5 million.

It’s likely that Conor has a major deal with sponsors like Reebok which could make up some of the gaps between our estimates and the numbers he mentions in his interviews. Whatever Conor is making, it’s certainly a lot and will allow him to continue living his lavish lifestyle.

Conor McGregor Career Earnings including UFC 257 estimated values

FighterOpponentDateEventResultBase SalaryWin BonusPPV BuysPPV Payout (est)Performance BonusSponsorshipTotalComments
Conor McgregorDustin Poirier1/22/2021UFC 257L$5,000,000 $02,000,000$20,500,000 $10,000 $25,510,000 PPV Estimated
Conor McgregorDonald Cerrone1/18/2020UFC 246W$3,000,000 $01,353,249$12,415,613 $50,000 $10,000 $15,475,613 PPV Reported by Conor McGregor Twitter
Conor McgregorKhabib Nurmagomedov9/6/2018UFC 229L$2,950,000 $02,400,000$25,500,000 $30,000 $28,480,000 Reebok Deal, Fined for Brawl deducted from base pay
Conor McgregorEddie Alvarez11/12/2016UFC 205W$3,000,000 $01,300,000$2,350,000 $50,000 $40,000 $5,440,000 Reebok Deal
Conor McgregorNate Diaz8/20/2016UFC 202W$3,000,000 $01,600,000$3,100,000 $50,000 $40,000 $6,190,000 Reebok Deal
Conor McgregorNate Diaz3/5/2016UFC 196L$1,000,000 $01,317,000$2,392,500 $50,000 $40,000 $3,482,500 Reebok Deal
Conor McgregorJose Aldo11/12/2015UFC 194W$500,000 1,200,000$2,100,000 $50,000 $40,000 $2,690,000 Reebok Deal
Conor McgregorChad Mendes7/11/2015UFC 189W$500,000 $0825,000$2,110,000 $50,000 $30,000 $2,690,000 PPV Payout Disclosed in antitrust lawsuit
Conor McgregorDenis Siver1/18/2015UFC Fight Night: McGregor vs SiverW$85,000 $85,000 n/a$0$50,000 $50,000 $270,000 Estimated Sponsorship
Conor McgregorDustin Poirier9/27/2014UFC 178W$75,000 $75,000 n/a$0$50,000 $50,000 $250,000 Estimated Sponsorship
Conor McgregorDiego Brandao7/19/2014UFC Fight Night: McGregor vs BrandaoW$16,000 $16,000 n/a$0$50,000 $30,000 $112,000 Estimated Sponsorship
Conor McgregorMax Holloway8/17/2013UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs SonnenW$12,000 $12,000 n/a$0$0$20,000 $44,000 Estimated Sponsorship
Conor McgregorMarcus Brimage4/6/2013UFC on Fuel TV: Mousasi vs LatifiW$8,000 $8,000 n/a$0$60,000 $10,000 $86,000 Estimated Sponsorship

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