Last Updated: June 25, 2023
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Category:
Richest AthletesMMA
Net Worth:
$200 Million
Date of Birth:
Jul 14, 1988 (35 years old)
Place of Birth:
Dublin
Gender:
Male
Height:
5 ft 8 in (1.75 m)
Profession:
Mixed Martial Artist
Nationality:
Republic of Ireland
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What is Conor McGregor's net worth and career earnings?

Conor McGregor is an Irish professional fighter who has a net worth of $200 million. Conor McGregor's net worth includes the roughly $100 million payday earned from his August 2017 fight against Floyd Mayweather, the $50 million from his October 2018 fight against Khabib AND $200 million pre-tax earnings from the April 2021 sale of his whiskey brand Proper No. Twelve. More on each of these events later in this article below. As of this writing, we estimate his career earnings from fighting at $235 million. Keep reading for a complete breakdown of every Conor McGregor payday. Between June 2018 and June 2019, Conor earned $47 million from salary, purses and endorsements.

Conor McGregor made his MMA debut in 2007 at the age of 18. He won the amateur fight by TKO (technical knockout) in the first round and professional after that fight. McGregor made his professional MMA debut in March 2008 in the lightweight division. His first fight was against Gary Morris. He won with a TKO in the second round. McGregor then went on to win his second fight before moving to the featherweight division and suffering his first loss. After that loss, McGregor briefly considered pursuing a different career path. However, his coach convinced him to stick with MMA.

In 2013, Dana White took a trip to Dublin and was swamped with people telling him he had to sign a local fighter named Conor McGregor to the UFC. White met with McGregor, conferred with then-UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta, and signed McGregor to the UFC a few days later. McGregor made his UFC debut on April 6, 2013 against Marcus Brimage. McGregor initially struggled against his excessively aggressive opponent. He strategically realized that he could deliver a snap kick to Brimage's chest and chin. McGregor won the bout via knockout a bit more than one minute into the first round. In August 2013, McGregor took on Max Holloway. He won that fight by unanimous decision. Unfortunately, McGregor also tore his ACL in that match. That injury kept him out of the ring for 10 months. McGregor returned to the UFC in 2014 and won a number of fights. He was a rising star in the sport and Fertitta signed him to a new multi-fight contract. In December 2015, McGregor made $12 million for a 13-second fight against Jose Aldo. In March 2016, he made $10-15 million for fighting Nate Diaz at UFC 196. A year and a half later, he took on Diaz once again and made $25 million.

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Early Life

Conor Anthony McGregor was born on July 14, 1988 in Crumlin, Ireland. As a child he excelled at sports, especially soccer, but at 12 began training at boxing club. In 2006, at the age of 17, Conor began a plumbing apprenticeship. It was through this job that he was introduced to the sport of UFC by fighter Tom Egan. Egan and McGregor soon began training together.

McGregor was originally trained in boxing and went on to train under John Kavanagh, the first Irish person to achieve a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and his team at SBG Ireland. He has also trained in Tae Kwon Do, Karate, Capoeira, and Kickboxing prior to competing in professional MMA.

UFC

Conor made his amateur MMA debut a year later at the age of 18. He won his debut match by TKO in the first round. Just a few weeks before his MMA debut, Conor was so broke that he was on welfare in Ireland and collecting $235 per week in government assistance checks.

In February 2013, the UFC announced that they had signed McGregor to a multi-fight contract. At the time he was the second fighter from the Republic of Ireland to fight for the company, following welterweight Tom Egan. McGregor made his UFC debut against Marcus Brimage on April 6, 2013 and was successful in his first bout, winning via TKO just over a minute into the first round. The win also earned McGregor his first Knockout of the Night award.

McGregor is a wide-stance striker who has also successfully developed a wide range of other combat forms to succeed and rise into the top 10. Some say his most effective move is his fast straight arm left jab. McGregor had an amazing rise for a foreign born UFC fighter.

Despite talks of retirement in 2020, McGregor was booked in a rematch of his 2014 bout with Dustin Poirier to take place on January 24, 2021. He lost the match in the first knockout defeat of his career and was handed a six-month medical suspension. He faced Poirier a third time on July 10, 2021, at UFC 264 and lost the fight via technical knockout in round one after the fight was stopped due to McGregor's broken tibia. While recovering from the leg injury, it was announced McGregor would coach in The Ultimate Fighter 31 for the second time, this time against Michael Chandler.

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Conor McGregor's Biggest UFC Paydays

On July 11, 2015, Conor earned $5 million when he defeated Chad Mendes at UFC 189. On December 11th, 2015, Conor earned a reported $12 million defeating Jose Aldo in 13 seconds. On March 5, 2016, Conor reportedly earned a minimum of $10 million, and perhaps as much as $15 million when he fought Nate Diaz at UFC 196. He reportedly earned $25 million when he fought Nate Diaz again at UFC 202. He earned around $7 million fighting Eddie Alvarez, in November 2016. He earned an estimated $50 million fighting Khabib Nurmagomedov in October 2018.

On January 18, 2020 Conor defeated Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone in his much anticipated return to the UFC. Conor was guaranteed $5 million for the fight, a record for the UFC up to that point. He has intimated in interviews that if Pay Per View sales go well, his earnings from the Cerrone fight could conceivably top $80 million. Cerrone was guaranteed $2 million to show up.

On January 23, 2021, Conor lost to Dustin Poirier. Once again Conor was guaranteed $5 million. The loss effectively cost Conor an enormous future payday by killing another match against Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Total UFC earnings to date: Roughly $115 million (includes $50 million Khabib payday).

Cono McGregor Net Worth

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Floyd Mayweather Fight Earnings

On August 26, 2017, Conor switched from the MMA cage to a boxing ring when he faced off against undefeated champion Floyd Mayweather. The fight was one of the most lucrative PPV events of all time generating 4.3 million buys.

Conor was guaranteed $30 million for the fight. With PPV bonuses, merch sales and other earnings, Conor's total gross take from the fight topped $100 million. Thanks largely to the hype produced by this fight, Conor was also able to earn around $14 million in 2017 thanks to endorsements with companies like Burger King, Beats by Dre, Anheuser-Busch and more.

If you assume Conor lost around 50% of his earnings to taxes, $100 million gross earnings left him with a net worth of $85 million after the Floyd fight.

Had Conor (against all odds) beaten Mayweather, it would have set up a rematch where Conor could have earned another absolutely massive payday. It wouldn't be unreasonable to assume that he would have been able to demand a minimum of 50% of revenue from a future fight. That would theoretically have resulted in a $200-$300 million payday.

On September 20, 2018, Conor announced that he had signed an 8-fight deal with the UFC. The terms of the deal were not revealed but it's likely that it's worth at least $200 million on the very low end.

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$600 Million Whiskey Company Sale

In September of 2018, McGregor launched the Proper No. Twelve Irish whiskey brand in Ireland and the United States. Before they launched, the partners brought on liquor company Proximo Spirits as a 20% equity partner. Proximo is best known for owning Jose Cuervo tequila.

In mid-2020 Proximo paid $250 million to increase its ownership stake to 49%.

In April 2021, McGregor and his business partners sold their remaining combined 51% stake in Proper No. Twelve to Proximo Spirits. The total value of the deal could ultimately be $600 million, and that number includes the $250 million that the three founders had earned in the previous year from the previously-mentioned deal with Proximo.

All-in, if every milestone is met over the long-term", Conor will have made $200 million in total from Proper No. Twelve.

Personal Life

Conor McGregor has been in a relationship with his fiancée, Dee Devlin, since 2008. The couple has three children together. He is Catholic and has two sisters, Erin and Aoife.

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