Conor McGregor (pictured) isn’t a businessman, he’s a business, man. The UFC featherweight champion made his debut on Forbes’ Highest-Paid Athletes list for 2016.
McGregor cracked the baller list at #85 with $22 million in earnings over the past 12 months. According to Forbes, $18 million came from mixed martial arts and $4 million via endorsements.
“UFC star Conor McGregor fought three times over the past 12 months, including headlining two of the three best-selling UFC fights ever on pay-per-view,” Forbes stated. “UFC 194 where McGregor knocked out Jose Aldo in 13 seconds had 1.2 million buys. McGregor lost to Nate Diaz at UFC 196 (their rematch will be at UFC 202 in August) which sold a massive 1.5 million units. His cut of PPV revenue pushed McGregor’s earnings in the Octagon to $18 million.”
Prior to getting upset by Diaz in March, McGregor claimed he would “breeze past $10 million” for his work at UFC 196.
McGregor is the only MMA fighter to appear on the top 100 list, though former UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey made a separate list, world’s highest-paid female athletes, by making $14 million.
Soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo came in first on Forbes’ list with $88 million.
Here’s something interesting, golfer Tiger Woods came in at #12 with $45.3 million. Of that, only $274,000 came from his accomplishments on the course, while a whopping $45 million was courtesy of endorsements.
Of course, McGregor would never allow this prestigious honor to pass without boasting on Twitter:
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) June 8, 2016
Props to McGregor, who is a true rags to riches story. The 27-year-old’s primary source of income was Ireland’s welfare system before making the UFC eight fights ago in 2013.
McGregor is set for another financial windfall when he gets his rematch against Nate Diaz at UFC 202. The August 20 event could set the UFC pay-per-view record.