Last week, UFC welterweight Donald Cerrone claimed nobody on the UFC roster likes featherweight champion Conor McGregor (pictured). On Monday, we might have a better understanding of where Cerrone’s coming from.
McGregor was fined 5 percent of his UFC 202 purse by the Nevada Athletic Commission for his role in August’s UFC 202 pre-fight press conference bottle-throwing fiasco with Nate Diaz. During today’s meeting, McGregor seemed contrite and genuine in expressing his remorse for the incident, nearly going as far as saying he’d accept any punishment the NAC deemed fit.
After receiving a $150,000 fine and 50 hours of community service for his bottle-chucking ways, McGregor went on his merry way, and proceeded to taunt every single one of his fellow fighters.
I get fined more than these bums get paid
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) October 10, 2016
Now that’s the Conor McGregor that Cerrone claims he and his peers know and hate.
Sadly, McGregor is pretty much right because most of the UFC’s talent get paid peanuts. The chatty Irishman set the UFC record with a disclosed salary of $1 million for fighting Diaz in March at UFC 196. He easily toppled that disclosed paycheck five months later by scoring $3 million in their rematch at UFC 202.
While those numbers leave 99 percent of the UFC lineup in the dust, that’s just a drop in the bucket for the UFC’s cash cow. McGregor, who is one of a handful of UFC fighters to receive a piece of the pay-per-view pie for the shows he performs in, reportedly owns three of the top four UFC PPV records with UFC 194, UFC 196 and most recently UFC 202, which reportedly surpassed UFC 100 for the top spot.
UFC 205, where McGregor will challenge lightweight champ Eddie Alvarez for the belt in the promotion’s long awaited debut inside New York’s famed Madison Square Garden, is expected to challenge UFC 202 for the top PPV spot.
Prior to getting submitted by Diaz at UFC 196, McGregor boasted that he would “breeze past $10 million” for the bout. Last month, McGregor claimed he walked away from UFC 202 with $25 million, and is expecting to close out 2016 at $40 million.