"They think I'm toast, Ariel, but I'm still the bread." 🍞@TheNotoriousMMA says he made $50 million for the Khabib fight and predicts an $80 million payday for #UFC246 (via @arielhelwani) pic.twitter.com/UjpLhbDBAC
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) January 13, 2020
Like him or love him, Conor McGregor knows how to make money. Conor sat down with UFC reporter Ariel Hilwani and said he is poised to make $80 million this weekend in his fight with Cowboy Cerone.
Dana White has since refuted these claims when asked about the outrageous pay day saying:
““Listen, Conor is a massive superstar in this sport and he’s a phenomenon. The kid has been making big money since the day he stepped in,”.
“From day one, since he fought he started to go (up). Nothing has changed. Obviously, he needs a win and it’s a big deal for him to get back here and win this fight.”
Why is this such a big deal?
In the UFC an $80 million payday is massive. Other fighters don’t make anywhere close to that. Dana White is probably furious his figure has been released.
In other McGregor news, a fun moment happened at the UFC 246 presser. Ex NFL player Chad Ochocinco joined the media scrum to ask Conor a question.
Chad Ochocinco: Wannabe XFL kicker and now… MMA journalist? The former NFL receiver asked Conor McGregor a question at the UFC 246 presser. pic.twitter.com/uWmfVXCHzE
— NESN (@NESN) January 16, 2020
Great stuff. I will be watching Saturday night, will you?