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UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta: Conor McGregor will be 'our first $100 millionaire'

Published 17/12/2015 | 08:22

UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor during a post-fight press conference after defeating Jose Aldo
UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor during a post-fight press conference after defeating Jose Aldo

UFC chief Lorenzo Fertitta has predicted that Ireland's Conor McGregor will be the first star of mixed martial arts to earn $100m.

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The UFC chairman and CEO told ESPN that the new featherweight champion would be "our first $100 millionaire."

Paperwork filed with the Nevada Athletic Commission revealed that the Crumlin fighter earned was paid $500,000 for the fight against Aldo. He also gets a $40,000 bonus paid by the UFC for the Reebok outfitting deal and a $50,000 bonus from the UFC for the performance of the night.

His earning will also be boosted by a cut from the revenue made from the record breaking pay-per-view figures.

Fertitta wouldn't be drawn on a final figure for what McGregor earned last weekend but believed that his 13-second KO of Jose Aldo left fans 'wanting more'.

Fertitta's comments come as his brother, and co-owner of the UFC, Frank is scrutinised after he was seen slamming the featherweight belt on camera as McGregor sent Aldo to the canvas within seconds of the fight beginning.

McGregor could face a  six-month medical suspension from the Nevada State Athletic Commission, pending an X-ray on his left wrist.

His next fight promises to be another big pay day with a Jose Aldo rematch, a bout with featherweight challenger Frankie Edgar and a shot at the lightweight belt all on the cards.

 

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