Conor McGregor (pictured) isn’t a businessman, he’s a business, man. According to the Nevada Athletic Commission, the UFC featherweight champion will set a company record of $3 million in disclosed salary for merely stepping into the cage for tonight’s highly anticipated rematch against Nate Diaz at UFC 202.
McGregor is not eligible for a win bonus.
Diaz, meanwhile, walks away with a cool $2 million in disclosed salary for his troubles.
McGregor became the first UFC fighter to land a $1 million show purse when he was submitted by Diaz in March. Diaz made a flat $500,000 salary at UFC 196.
Former UFC heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar topped McGregor’s then-UFC record purse by pocketing a disclosed payday of $2.5 million last month at UFC 200.
This is certainly a good trend for MMA fighters who have long complained about not receiving enough money for what they put their bodies through. Prior to March, the UFC never paid a fighter more than what McGregor received in disclosed salary at UFC 196. Since then, McGregor, Diaz and Lesnar will have toppled that tally.
While $3 million is an impressive paycheck for an MMA fighter, it’s just a drop in the bucket for McGregor. Prior to losing at UFC 196, McGregor boasted that he would “breeze past $10 million” after receiving his piece of the show’s pay-per-view pie.
UFC 196 was one of, if no the, biggest card in company history. According to UFC president Dana White, UFC 202 is trending towards setting a UFC PPV record. If that’s the case, McGregor will leave Las Vegas a very wealthy man – win, lose or draw.
It is unknown if Diaz is eligible for a PPV bonus at UFC 202, but it’s highly unlikely.
UFC 202 goes down inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.