McGregor, 31, estimates he’ll make $80 million to fight Donald Cerrone at UFC 246, a staggering number that he said is an all-time high in his MMA career – not to mention any fighter in UFC history.
”I’m confident it’s going to be a nice paycheck,” he said with a smile on “Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show” during a pre-recorded interview. “They think I’m toast, but I’m still the bread.”
Officially, show and win salaries for UFC 246 have yet to be released. The Nevada State Athletic Commission, which regulates Saturday’s pay-per-view at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, typically releases disclosed paydays the day prior to the event. In title bouts, those figures rarely represent a fighter’s actual take home check, with potential pay-per-view bonuses and other sweeteners often added to the final number.
Still, the Irish star expects to break an MMA record set by his previous trip to the octagon, a UFC 229 title fight against lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov where he said he made around $50 million. On paper, he took home a disclosed $3 million.
Of course, the Irish star’s biggest overall payday was reportedly over $100 million earned in “The Money Fight” against Floyd Mayweather.
McGregor indicated numbers from Australia, Canada, England and Ireland should pad the ultimate buyrate. He said he renegotiated his contract heading into Saturday’s event and is competing with a one-fight deal. He intends to renegotiate before the next time out.
“I believe that’s what will happen after this one,” he said.