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Conor McGregor named to Forbes’ highest paid athletes list for fourth straight year

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Conor McGregor only fought one time in 2018, but he still got paid a lot of money.

That’s how the former two-division UFC champion once again landed a spot on the Forbes’ highest paid athletes list for 2019 with McGregor coming in at No. 21 overall.

According to Forbes, McGregor earned an estimated $47 million over the past year with $32 million in fight purses along with another $15 million in endorsement deals.

McGregor’s only fight last year came in a losing effort to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 but with approximately 2.4 million pay-per-views sold, the Irishman still took in a huge windfall of cash when it was all said and done.

McGregor’s disclosed fight purse was $3 million but with the additional bonuses paid out through pay-per-view, Forbes estimates that he took home more than $30 million in total.

McGregor also reportedly signed a new deal with Reebok that will pay him approximately $5 million per year.

Last year also saw McGregor launch his ‘Proper No. 12’ Irish whiskey, which has also resulted in additional income for the 30-year-old lightweight fighter.

This is the fourth year in a row that McGregor has made the Forbes’ highest paid athletes list after becoming the first mixed martial artists to earn a spot in the top 100 back in 2016.

Since that time, McGregor has made the list every year including a spot in the top five last year following a massive payday for his boxing match against Floyd Mayweather.

Several boxers also made the top 100 list of the highest paid athletes including Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, who landed at No. 4 with reported earnings of $94 million. Former heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua was at No. 13 with $55 million earned while Deontay Wilder came in at No. 55 with $30.5 million earned.

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