Conor McGregor is one of the biggest draws in mixed martial arts today. But how much will he earn for his bout with Dustin Poirier on Saturday at UFC 257?
UFC contracts and purse money are an amalgam of public and private information, so we’ll probably never know down to the exact penny what the Irishman will be taking home. But we can get a pretty good idea.
McGregor being the biggest star, and someone with leverage because of the success he had selling boxing pay-per-views as well, he’s probably got a very sweet deal that can get him easily into eight figures for this bout. The Independent of the UK is reporting McGregor will be earning $5 million in disclosed salary for this bout, but we’ll likely never know the actual hard numbers in full (unless it comes out in disclosure because of a UFC antitrust lawsuit currently in litigation brought by former MMA competitors).
For his last three fights against Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, Khabib Nurmagomedov, and Eddie Alvarez, McGregor has earned a base pay of $3 million from the UFC according to the Nevada State Athletic Commission. But that’s likely just a portion of what he’s taking home, as the top UFC fighters also have pay-per-view incentives in their contracts which is where they can make a ton of money.
Add in the new emphasis on cracking down on pirated streams by the UFC, and there might even be a few more bucks for McGregor after Saturday. The price for UFC pay-per-views has also increased this year through their domestic provider ESPN+, from $64.99 to $69.99.
This all pales in comparison to what McGregor earned for his boxing match with Floyd Mayweather, the largest pay-per-view event in combat sports history. McGregor might have been stopped in the 10th round by TKO, but he picked up a rumored $130 million for the privilege.
The Independent is reporting Poirier is slated to earn $1 million plus a share of PPV revenue.