Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor are arguably some of the best fighters to ever showcase their talents inside the octagon. The two athletes have met inside the cage, where McGregor came out victorious in their first bout at UFC 196 and Diaz made it through in the second fight at UFC 202.
The Stockton Slugger became the first fighter to stop the reign of Conor McGregor back when he truly looked unstoppable, Nate Diaz made nearly $2.7 million over the two fights they fought.
Nate Diaz earnings against Conor McGregor
Nate Diaz earned a disclosed fight purse of $500,000 for the first time he fought Conor McGregor at UFC 196. He took home a total of $620,000, which includes a $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus, $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus, and another $20,000 Reebok sponsorship.
For UFC 202, the fight purse of Nate Diaz doubled thanks to his popularity after the first time they fought in the octagon. Diaz received a guaranteed fight purse of $2 million and also took home a $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus and $20,000 Reebok sponsorship. The Stockton Slugger went home with a total amount up to $2,070,000, a win is never guaranteed when one is fighting Conor McGregor inside the octagon, but a handsome paycheck always is.
PPV sale – UFC 196
According to the press release, the event (UFC 196) had the highest digital PPV sales of all-time in addition to setting a record with 4.9 million viewers for the UFC’s Embedded series. During a recent appearance on ESPN Radio’s Max & Marcellus, UFC President Dana White suggested the event sold 1.5 million pay-per-views, which would make UFC 196 the highest-grossing in company history (at that time).
This was the first time McGregor was going to fight in the welterweight division. It was a surprising upset for The Notorious as Diaz submitted Conor McGregor in the 2nd round, which was great for a potential build-up in a rematch.
PPV sales – UFC 202
UFC 202 was one of the greatest UFC pay-per-view events ever. Top to bottom, the card was superb and had truly world-class striking action on display. The fight card consisted of a rematch between Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor, whereas it is no surprise the card was at the time, the most financially successful card in UFC history, with a massive 1.65 million pay-per-view orders.
The bout was booked for August 2016. This bout also had great fighters in the undercards including Anthony Johnson, Donald Cerrone, and a few other UFC stars. The PPV main event was one for the history books as Conor McGregor avenged himself via decision in a 5 round bloody bout.