Conor McGregor Sets Record Salary At UFC 196

Written by Tom Ngo
March 5th, 2016

UFC Conor McGregor

If you follow UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor (pictured) on Twitter and Instagram, the flashy Irishman certainly loves to portray himself as living in the lap of luxury. McGregor’s UFC 196 salary will only perpetuate that persona.

ESPN.com’s Brett Okamoto got a hold of the disclosed salaries for Saturday’s UFC 196 event in Las Vegas, and let’s just say, it’s good to be Conor McGregor.

McGregor is set to score a UFC-record $1 million disclosed salary for merely stepping into the cage tonight against Nate Diaz. McGregor will not receive a win bonus if he’s victorious.

Diaz will pocket $500,000, by far the largest purse of his career, on Saturday. Diaz is also ineligible for a win bonus.

Former UFC middleweight king Anderson Silva was the previous owner of the largest disclosed salary in UFC history. Silva scored $800,000, with $200,000 coming via win bonus, for beating Nick Diaz at UFC 183 in January 2015.

However, Silva subsequently failed his drug test and his unanimous decision victory was overturned to a no contest. It is unknown if the UFC rescinded Silva’s $200K win bonus.

Regardless, McGregor is the king of yet another UFC record.

Of course, McGregor’s $1 million paycheck is just the tip of the iceberg. Earlier this week, McGregor told CNBC that he will “breeze past the $10 million mark” after he receives his cut of UFC 196’s pay-per-view buys. In addition, it is unknown if McGregor will receive any top secret discretionary bonuses from the UFC for agreeing to fight Diaz on just 11 days’ notice.

Furthermore, McGregor is among a handful of UFC fighters that has an exclusive sponsorship deal with Reebok where he scores a percentage on merchandise sales that have his name and likeness.

Get ready, Rodeo Drive. McGegor will be riding into town and blowing some of his dough shortly. And he’ll be more than happy to document his extravagant shopping spree on Twitter and Instagram.

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