Conor McGregor Has Only Fought Once In The Past Year, Yet He's Still One Of The Highest-Earners Of 2019

By on August 4, 2019 in ArticlesSports News

Conor McGregor hasn't been making many headlines this year. After participating in some of the biggest bouts of the decade, including "The Money Fight" with Floyd Mayweather in 2017, McGregor has mostly stayed out of the ring. He's only fought in one match in 2019.

But don't be fooled: McGregor is still making plenty of money.

Forbes's "rich list," which lists the highest-earners of the past 12 months, has McGregor ranked 65th. He's made an estimated $47 million during that timeframe.

McGregor is known as both a skilled fighter and an expert trash talker. He's not afraid to go toe-to-toe with a competitor, trading barbs during pre-fight press conferences.

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His combination of skill, wit, and brashness has made McGregor one of the most popular fighters in the world. That's led to great pay-per-view results – several of his matches are among the highest-grossing UFC fights of all-time.

McGregor's last fight was in 2018 against Khabib Nurmagomedov. McGregor lost by submission, but his base salary and PPV earnings were so high – the fight sold 2.5 million orders – that he walked away with more than $30 million.

Even though he claimed to retire from fighting, he's been plenty busy. He sold more than 200,000 cases of his Proper No. Twelve whiskey brand in the first six months after its release. He's continuing to work on his brand, planning to release more expressions.

All told, McGregor has made another $15 million or so from his endorsements.

Even if he never fights again, it's clear that McGregor has set himself up for success. And with all of his future business pitches and meetings, he'll still get to do plenty of talking.

Articles Written by Joey Held
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