Conor McGregor tops the Forbes list for the highest-earning athlete in the new rankings released by Forbes. The former dual champion, Notorious Conor McGregor tops the list with an annual earning of $180 million this year. McGregor is one of four athletes in the last year to make more than $100 million in the past year.
In a video from 2016, McGregor can be seen conversing with football sensation Cristiano Ronaldo where the Notorious talks about topping the Forbes list. He says how he intends on buying a jet for himself, and jokes about how he is in the ’30s in the Forbes’ list for highest-earning athletes.
Needless to say, the video has aged well with Conor McGregor becoming the first mixed martial artist to top the Forbes list for highest-earning athletes. In the process, McGregor went past sports figures like LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Roger Federer, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Lionel Messi in the last year’s earnings.
Conor McGregor has helped UFC reach a global audience
Conor McGregor’s contribution to the sport of mixed martial arts cannot be measured in words. The Notorious single-handedly rules the sport as the highest-earning mixed martial artist by a huge margin. Needless to say, he is the face of the fight game and has time and again proved his credibility as a mixed martial artist.
McGregor sold large shares of his Whiskey company Proper 12, leading to the massive accumulation of wealth this year. Conor McGregor is the richest mixed martial artist, and among the richest sportsperson right now.
Conor McGregor has often claimed he is already a millionaire, however, his estimated net worth is believed to be more than $300 million. McGregor made $48 million last year, taking the 53rd spot in the Forbes’ Celebrity 100 earnings. Having switched back to his mixed martial arts career, Conor McGregor has shown his interest in competing more than two times this year. Needless to say, the Notorious is expected to accumulate more wealth going forward.
It won’t be wrong to say that no other fighter will be able to touch the heights of popularity that Conor McGregor has for quite some time. Be that as it may, UFC has become so popular that with or without Conor McGregor, the sport continues to grow leaps and bounds.