UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor has proven once again that it is in fact great to be king.
For the second consecutive year, McGregor cracked Forbes’ Highest-Paid Athletes list. Only this time, “Notorious” moved up several notches on the bankroll totem pole.
According to Forbes, McGregor made $34 million over the past 12 months. That’s good enough to notch #25 on the baller list.
During that same window in 2015-2016, McGregor was #85 with $22 million.
The report says McGregor pocketed $27 million from his two fight purses, which included his record-breaking rematch against Nate Diaz at UFC 202 and November’s victory over Eddie Alvarez to capture the UFC lightweight title.
McGregor also landed an additional $7 million in endorsements. He has sponsorships with Reebok and Beats by Dre headphones, among others.
As expected, McGregor was the only MMA fighter to make Forbes’ exclusive Highest-Paid Athletes list.
McGregor has laid low since plastering Alvarez. He’s honing his hands in hopes of securing a blockbuster boxing match against Floyd Mayweather Jr. If that fantasy fight comes to fruition, McGregor will likely find himself even higher on Forbe’s list next year.
Real Madrid soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo was Forbes’ top dog this year with a cool $93 million in earnings.