Current UFC Featherweight Champion Conor McGregor’s net worth is $14.0 million and is sure to have taken a hit after he shocked the MMA world this week with the abrupt announcement of his retirement on Twitter.
While the comment was initially not taken seriously, especially given McGregor’s bombastic personality, all signs this time pointed to him having been serious. Luckily, however, it’s not.
UFC President Dana White appeared on SportsCenter and explained that the fighter was avoiding his obligations to promote July’s UFC 200, McGregor claiming he didn’t want to disrupt his current training camp, and that the retirement announcement was a bluff. However, it backfired as the fighter is now off the card, which is expected to be the biggest UFC event ever; even if he asks to come back, it’s too late to be re-added.
McGregor later released a statement on Facebook establishing that he’s not retired, stating, “I am paid to fight. I am not yet paid to promote,” and that “I feel the $400.0 million I have generated for the company in my last three events, all inside eight months, is enough to get me this slight leeway.”
The Face of the UFC
Conor McGregor was poised to become the new face of the UFC, if he wasn’t already, following the first loss and subsequent drop in stock of Ronda Rousey at UFC 193 in November. However, at UFC 196 in March, McGregor himself suffered his first loss in the organization in a welterweight fight with Nate Diaz. However, unlike what happened to Rousey, McGregor was fighting outside his normal weight class; as such, he still holds his Featherweight Championship. The training he refers to above was for the planned rematch with Diaz, which again would take place outside his “natural” weight class of featherweight.
Being “the guy” in the UFC for years to come would obviously do a great amount for Conor McGregor’s net worth, if it didn’t already, once stating he was the highest-paid athlete in the company. He also once said that he would love to be the first and only fighter in mixed martial arts to be making over $100.0 million. And it wasn’t an unfounded claim with UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta saying in December that McGregor, even after his loss, was well on his way to achieving that goal. Of course, that assumed that he kept winning his fights–and now, assumes he continues fighting at all, as well as meets his other engagements.
A Brief History
Born in Dublin, Ireland in July 1988, Conor McGregor began his career at age 12 when he started learning to box. In February 2007, at age 18, he made his debut in the world of mixed martial arts at an Irish promotion, winning via TKO in the first round. Over the course of his ensuing initial professional career, McGregor built up a 14-fight winning streak, only losing twice, including a fight that lasted only four seconds. He was signed by the UFC in 2003 and remained undefeated in the company until the loss last month to Nate Diaz.
McGregor’s most notable fight to date, prior to the loss, was his prior match against José Aldo to unify the UFC Featherweight Championship in December, having won the interim title back in July. The fight last only 13 seconds before McGregor won by KO, making it the fastest KO in a championship match in the history of the UFC. He would walk away with a cool $12.0 million from those 13 seconds of action.
Before “denouncing” his retirement, speculation existed regarding what Conor McGregor would do to keep up his net worth. A popular suggestion was the WWE, where analysts believed McGregor would thrive thanks to his charisma and skill with a microphone. However, it was unlikely he would have been let out of his UFC contract early to pursue a career in sports entertainment; when Ronda Rousey appeared at Wrestlemania 31 in 2015 and built up a potential match for the next year, Dana White was quick to tell Canada’s Fight Network that while Rousey’s appearance alongside Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was cool, the UFC wouldn’t allow anything beyond that.
Breakdown of the Conor McGregor Net Worth
|Net Worth||$14.0 million|
|Amount Generated from Last Three Events||$400.0 million|
|Amount Earned from Victory Over José Aldo||$12.0 million|
|Amount from Aldo Fight Per Second||$923,076.90|
|Amount from Loss to Nate Diaz||$1.0 million|
|Amount from Diaz Fight Per Minute||$571,428.57|
|Amount from Diaz Fight Per Significant Strike||Over $16,000|