McGregor Expects $50 Million For UFC 229
While money is not Conor McGregor’s motivating factor, he does expect and look forward to making eight figures for his UFC 229 fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov.
“We’re estimating around 3 to 3.5 million [pay-per-view buys], I’d say I’ll close in around the $50 million mark,” McGregor said on Thursday.
“So, for a mixed martial artist to make $50 million from a mixed martial arts bout, it’s quite breathtaking. I have to thank my management stable, Paradigm Sports Management. I’ve got to thank Dana White, I’ve got to thank Lorenzo Fertitta and Frank (Fertitta) who schooled me in the game.
“The new owners…W…what’s the name…WME-IMG? Those guys as well. I haven’t really met them that much, but they’ve been good to me so far — Ari (Emmanuel) and those guys. Life is good.
“To think where we have come from, McGregor told the press on Thursday. “When I fought Nate Diaz, he was on $20,000 to show and $20,000 to win — the game has gone to so many new heights, so quickly and we’re just trying to keep up. And it’s a great time to be involved in the sport for myself, the fighters, the promoters, for the managers, for the media in attendance, for the fans, for everyone… times are good so let’s enjoy it. Let’s enjoy these momentous occasions,” he said.
“I’m 30 now, say by about 35 I’ll be a billionaire.”
Initial Report: MMA Fighting