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McGregor Makes Forbes List

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Conor McGregor made his UFC debut vs. Marcus Brimage at UFC on Fuel TV: Mousasi vs. Latifi on April 6, 2013. He won via strikes in 67 seconds. And he won $60,000 Knockout of the Night performance bonus.

The week before, he had been on welfare.

“I’m just happy I won $60K,” said McGregor. “I’m just thinking on what I’m going to spend it on. I’ll buy myself a car any way. A nice car, maybe some suits or something. Custom made suits, I don’t know.

“Just last week I was collecting the social welfare, you know what I mean? I was in there saying to them like, ‘I don’t know what going to happen. I’m signed to the UFC. I don’t know what….blah, blah, blah.’ But now I supposed I’m gonna have to tell them to f*** off!”

It’s three years later, and he just made it onto Forbes’ list of the top 100 highest paid athletes in the world.

‘Notorious’ broke itno the list at #85, with $22,000,000 in income over the past 12 months. Forbes estimates the breakdown at $18 million from fighting in the UFC and $4 million from endorsements.

UFC star Conor McGregor fought three times over the past 12 months, including headlining two of the three best-selling UFC fights ever on pay-per-view. UFC 194 where McGregor knocked out Jose Aldo in 13 seconds had 1.2 million buys. McGregor lost to Nate Diaz at UFC 196 (their rematch will be at UFC 202 in August) which sold a massive 1.5 million units. His cut of PPV revenue pushed McGregor’s earnings in the Octagon to $18 million. The Irishman also banked an estimated $4 million outside the Octagon through appearances and endorsement partners Reebok, Fanatics, Monster Energy, BSN, Bud Light, Rolls Royce and Electronic Arts.

The fighter took making the list in stride.

McGregor will make a lot more in his rematch vs. Nate Diaz at UFC 202 on August 20 event.

Former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey made a separate list for world’s highest-paid female athletes, with $14,000,000, which placed her at #3, but that’s another story.

If you are curious, here is the top 20:
1. Cristiano Ronaldo – $88 million
2. Lionel Messi – $81.4 million
3. LeBron James – $77.2 million
4. Roger Federer – $67.7 million
5. Kevin Durant – $56.2 million
6. Novak Djokavic – $55.8 million.
7. Cam Newton – $53.1 million
8. Phil Mickelson – $52.9 million
9. Jordan Speith – $52.8 million
10. Kobe Bryant – $50 million
11. Lewis Hamilton – $46 million
12. Tiger Woods – $45.3 million
13. Eli Manning – $45 million
14. Joe Flacco – $44.5 million
15. Tom Brady – $44.1 million
16. Floyd Mayweather – $44 million
17. Rory McIlroy – $42.6 million
18. Russell Wilson – $41.8 million
19. Sebastian Vettel – $41 million
20. Philip Rivers – $38 million?

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Aaron Portier
Highly passionate MMA Journalist, and I've followed the sport ever since my favorite fighter, Vitor Belfort won the heavyweight tournament at UFC 12. After that I've tried to go to every local MMA event around the Gulf Coast and surrounding areas and decided to make it a point to have a career in some aspect in the fighting sport other than fighting in general (didn't want to ruin my face). I'm currently enrolled at Southeastern Louisiana University working towards a degree in Communication. I cover MMA, Boxing and Football for The Daily Star newspaper in my hometown of Hammond, Louisiana, in addition to working as a promotional writer for a local Boxing promotion known as BoxnCar and I cover boxing for 8countnews.com however SciFighting.com is my home. My main goal is to bring more publicity to MMA in my area and to the sport as a whole as all of us involved with the sport are merely scratching the surface and laying the foundation of what mixed martial arts competition will be further down the road.