Conor McGregor is undoubtedly the most famous Mixed Martial Artist of all time and his net worth of $34 Million is about to dramatically increase. Having made history at Madison Square Garden in November 2016 by becoming the first UFC fighter to hold two belts in separate classes at the same time, “The Notorious” has solidified his status as number 1 in the fight game. The brash and braggadocios Irishman has not always endeared himself to fans and peers alike due to his extravagance and propensity to flaunt his wealth, but the trajectory of his career continues to instil a sense of entitlement in the mind of the UFC’s crown jewel.
Conor McGregor Net Worth: $34 million (Forbes)
Conor McGregor Career Earnings: $27 Million
McGregor’s allure and mass appeal have made him the highest paid athlete in MMA. The Dublin, Ireland native occupies the 24th spot on Forbes’ 2017 list of the highest-paid athletes. The 29-year-old’s net worth is believed to be somewhere in the region of $34 million, which includes a haul of circa with $27 million in career earnings with a further $7 million in endorsements and sponsorship.
McGregor is set to treble his earnings from his upcoming boxing bout with ring legend Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Aug. 26, with Forbes estimating that the SBG Ireland star pupil will rake in somewhere in the region of $75 million -$100M from the bout. In comparison to McGregor’s earnings over his last four UFC py-per-view bouts, this figure would represent an enormous jump in revenue for the promotion’s current lightweight champion.
McGregor’s task in beating Mayweather, however lucrative, will undoubtedly be the toughest of his career. The boxing legend known as “Money” has amassed a peerless modern-times record of 49 wins from 49 fights and is widely backed to dispatch of the challenge of the Irishman with relative ease. Mayweather, 40, returns to the ring following a two-year absence due to his retirement having beaten Andre Berto in what was said to be the final fight of his career.
The Early Days of “The Notorious” Conor McGregor
Conor Anthony McGregor was born in Dublin, Ireland on July 14, 1988, to Tony and Margaret McGregor. As a youth, the future Mixed Martial Arts phenomenon developed a taste for playing Gaelic Football and Soccer, eventually wandering into his local boxing gym in in Crumlin, Dublin.
McGregor was said to have entered the gym still wearing his football boots and was immediately enthralled with the atmosphere and allure of the ring and punch bags. McGregor, having suffered the wrath of bullies in his South-Dublin neighbourhood, took up boxing as a means to defend himself. The young fighter admitted in the past that he was so scared walking back and forth to school that he used to carry weapons in his schoolbag, such as bars and bricks.
The young boxer was not long after bitten by the bug of Mixed Martial Arts and began training in multiple disciplines. The decision to make a move into MMA from boxing was not supported by his coaches at his local boxing gym, but McGregor would soon prove to everyone that he was a natural.
Conor McGregor made his Mixed Martial Arts debut on Feb. 17, 2007, at just 18 years-old against Kieran Campbell in an Irish MMA promotion “Ring of Truth”. McGregor won the fight by first round TKO and signed to the promotion as a professional Mixed Martial Artist. Not long after, McGregor began training under SBG Ireland head coach John Kavanagh.
Conor McGregor: Family Man
It is no secret that McGregor is a proud family man and has two sisters named Erin and Aoife. Fiercely loyal and family oriented, McGregor announced the birth of his first born child, a boy named Conor, with long term partner Dee Devlin in 2017. McGregor has credited his girlfriend, Devlin, as having a massive impact on his ability to ascend to a high level of competence in Mixed Martial Arts, as she financially supported “The Notorious” while he gave up work as a plumber to focus on MMA.
Conor McGregor: UFC Run and Pay-Per-View King
Conor McGregor introduced himself to the UFC on April 6, 2013, against Marcus Brimmage in a featherweight contest in Stockholm, Sweden. McGregor won by first round knockout, exclaiming “Dana [White]…60 g’s, baby!” which was a reference to UFC President Dana White regarding what McGregor believed to be a performance worthy of a knockout bonus. The Irishman was right, as he earned the “Knockout of the Night” and subsequently received the financial bonus.
McGregor would subsequently tear through the division, earning himself a shot at Jose Aldo’s featherweight crown at UFC 194 in December 2015. While the majority of pundits backed Aldo, McGregor knocked the ten-years unbeaten champion out in just 13 seconds and saw his stock skyrocket over night. McGregor would subsequently go on to smash all pay-per-view records in the UFC as a result.
Out of the Top 5 pay-per-view buys of all time for UFC events, McGregor headlined four:
|UFC 202||Diaz vs. McGregor 2||08.20.2016||1,600,000|
|UFC 196||McGregor vs. Diaz||03.05.2016||1,317,000|
|UFC 100||Lesnar vs. Mir||07.11.2009||1,300,000|
|UFC 205||Alvarez vs. McGregor||11.12.2016||1,300,000|
|UFC 194||Aldo vs. McGregor||12.12.2015||1,200,000|
Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Conor McGregor
The “Money Fight” with Floyd Mayweather is set to be one of the most lucrative sporting events in history, with projected figures putting the potential revenue made close to the highest grossing bout in history. That fight, of course, was 2015’s Mayweather vs. Pacquiao bout.
According to ESPN, those figures are as follows:
- PPV sales for Mayweather-Pacquiao: $455 million
Projected PPV sales for Mayweather-McGregor: $475 million
- Sponsorship sales for Mayweather-Pacquiao: $18.4 million
Projected sponsorship sales for Mayweather-McGregor: $22 million
- Merchandise sales for Mayweather-Pacquiao: $1 million
Projected merchandise sales for Mayweather-McGregor: $2 million
- Estimated Nevada betting on Mayweather-Pacquiao: $70 million
Projected Nevada betting on Mayweather-McGregor: $30 million
- Total for Mayweather-Pacquiao: $623.5 million
Projected total for Mayweather-McGregor: $606.1 million
Connor McGregor is expected to take in approximately $100M just from this fight alone. His earnings and assets don’t compare to Floyd Mayweather’s Net Worth of $340M, however he is moving up the list quickly.
Conor McGregor’s Homes and Cars
McGregor is not shy when it comes to spending and has a love of expensive supercars and high-class motors. Among the UFC lightweight champion’s haul of vehicles are a $310,000 custom made Rolls Royce Ghost, a McLaren 650s sports car with an estimated value of $220,000 and a Rolls Royce Dawn worth over a whopping $320,000. In addition to his wealth of vehicles, McGregor owns a BMW i8, a Cadillac Escalade among others.
McGregor also owns a $2,400,000 mansion on the grounds of the prestigious “K Club” in Kildare, Ireland.