Friday 23 March 2018

Conor McGregor's UFC title victory costs Irish bookmakers a whopping €150,000

New UFC world champion Conor McGregor
New UFC world champion Conor McGregor
Declan Whooley

Declan Whooley

Jose Aldo wasn’t the only one left reeling after Conor McGregor’s devastating left hook at the weekend as Irish bookmakers counted the cost of his title success at UFC 194.

The Dubliner enjoyed his crowning moment with an astonishing 13-second demolition of the previously undefeated Brazilian at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, securing the undisputed featherweight title in the process.

The victory over Aldo earned McGregor in the region of €6m for his night's work, but many of his growing legion of followers had extra reason to toast victory after backing the Irish fighter to emerge triumphant.

"McGregor's victory floored the bookies thanks to the nation’s patriotic punters," a Paddy Power spokesperson told "The new champion may be set to make a fortune but it’s fair to say that he’s lining plenty of pockets along the way.”

Conor McGregor knocks out Jose Aldo during a featherweight championship mixed martial arts bout at UFC 194 in Las Vegas
Conor McGregor knocks out Jose Aldo during a featherweight championship mixed martial arts bout at UFC 194 in Las Vegas

"More than 75pc of bets in Ireland were on the Dublin fighter so the bookmaking industry would have lost somewhere in the region of €150,000. The biggest bet that we had was €6,000 on McGregor to win at 11/8 which landed the punter €14,250."

With attentions turning to his next opponent, Frankie Edgar is the favourite to take on the undefeated UFC star, with Jose Aldo available at 3/1. Odds are also available on the prospect of McGregor defending his title at the Aviva Stadium or Croke Park in 2016, while the confident Dubliner is 7/1 to retire without a loss in his UFC career.

The champion could be sidelined for up to six months with a wrist injury suffered in Saturday's victory. McGregor one of nine fighters from the event that could face a six-month medical suspension from the Nevada State Athletic Commission pending an X-ray, though the full extent of McGregor’s injury is yet to be established.

Industry experts have predicted that McGregor will earn upwards of €15m in 2016 on the back of his exploits in the UFC and sponsorship and endorsements opportunities.

Who will Conor McGregor fight after UFC 194?

Frankie Edgar 11/8

Donald Cerrone 11/4

Rafael Dos Anjos 3/1

Jose Aldo 3/1

Conor McGregor to hold both UFC 145 and 155 titles at the same time  9/4

Conor McGregor to retire from the UFC undefeated  7/1

Conor McGregor to fight in Croke Park in 2016  5/2

Conor McGregor to fight in the Aviva Stadium in 2016  5/1

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