Conor McGregor.

Conor McGregor made a crazy amount of money last year

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Conor McGregor is more enigma than human being at this point in his career, levitating beyond the realms of us normal folk with his braggadocios attitude and infallible self-confidence.

That supreme confidence in his own ability - coupled with his talents inside the octagon - has seen McGregor become the biggest star in Dana White's entire Ultimate Fighting Championship. 

The Irish superstar hasn't only made money for Dana, however, with his incredible pre-fight trash talk and amazing press conferences. He's also done very well for himself, becoming the first-ever UFC fighter to make Forbes' highest-paid athletes list.


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In fact, McGregor is the first ever Mixed Martial Arts fighter to make the list as well, beating the likes of Brock Lesnar, Ronda Rousey, Georges St. Pierre and more to the honour. 

Not bad for the boy from Ireland who was cashing welfare checks before he made his debut in the UFC. 

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In his first fight, McGregor made $76,000; $16K as his base pay for the fight and an extra 60,000 for knocking out his opponent, Marcus Brimage.

While that certainly isn't to be sniffed at, it is miles behind the $22million that the former plumbing apprentice made in 2015. Yes, you read that correctly, Conor McGregor made an approximate $22million last year.

That 22 mil puts McGregor in 85th position on Forbes' 100 Highest Paid Athletes list, ahead of recently-banned tennis superstar Maria Sharapova, level with Chelsea footballer Eden Hazard, and a million behind British tennis player Andy Murray.

Not bad for a guy who only had three fights all year.

UFC 194: Aldo vs. McGregor

So, how has McGregor earned that money? Well, Forbes were nice enough to break it down for us all.

"By receiving a small cut of the PPV revenue for UFC 189, 194 and 196 — and with 194 and 196 ranking as two of the UFC’s top-three best-selling PPVs of all-time — McGregor made an estimated $18 million in salary/winnings," they wrote.

Then there is the extra four million, which came from the Irish fighter's endorsement deals with Reebok, Monster Energy and more. 

Despite suffering his first loss in the UFC, don't expect McGregor's earnings to drop. In fact, they are only going up. His eventual rematch with Diaz, whenever it happens, could very well go down as the biggest fight in company history - with PPV buys expected to go through the roof, netting him even more millions.

So whenever Conor McGregor brags about how rich he is and what he buys, just know that he can absolutely back it up.

UFC 196 McGregor vs. Diaz Press Conference

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