The Premier League outfit is up for grabs for £3 billion and McGregor hinted at buying the club after tweeting: “I wish to explore this.”
Owner Roman Abramovich intends to donate proceedings to the victims in Ukraine after the ongoing invasion from Russia.
It is not the first time McGregor has had ambitions to own a football club, however. Less than 12 months ago he stated he was ‘thinking about buying Manchester United‘ on Twitter. Obviously nothing came of that, and it’s pretty likely nothing will come of this either.
Realistically, the chances of him buying the world champions are minimal. Regardless of him being the biggest name in UFC, the hefty price tag might just be out of his budget.
But, in the history of UFC, nobody has sold more pay-per-view events than the featherweight and lightweight title winner.
Plus, he has profited from his Proper 12 whiskey brand as a side hustle. The name of the brand originates from the Dublin suburb of Cremlin, 12 being the area code where McGregor grew up. In 2021, the company was sold for around £150 million. Although, McGregor claims the company’s net value could rise to £700 million.
For each UFC bout, McGregor allegedly earns around £25 million.
According to The Mirror, all these earnings leaves McGregor’s net worth at approximately £135 million… way short of Abramovich’s demands.
Regardless of McGregor’s hefty wage packets and side hustles, he is evidently nowhere near Abramovich’s multi-billion valuation on his own. However, a consortium of several investors could get the deal done if McGregor is content with sharing the club’s ownership.
The likelihood of him pulling it off is slim, especially with McGregor’s intentions of returning to the Octagon later this year.