Conor McGregor is aiming to be the highest-earning athlete ever.
Conor McGregor is undoubtedly the richest UFC fighter on the roster. His rise to stardom has been unprecedented and he is the most well-known fighter in the world. Now McGregor has his eye on another title, to become the richest and most earning athlete ever. Right now that title belongs to basketball legend Michael Jordan and McGregor has a long way to go but he is aiming to dethrone Jordan.
Every year Forbes put out a list of the world’s richest athletes. Jordan is number one on the list and there is only one MMA fighter on that list, Conor McGregor. McGregor is currently sitting in the number 33 spot on the list but has goals to surpass the rest and make his way to number one.
Conor McGregor wants to surpass Michael Jordan’s $3.3 billion earnings in his career
In addition to his success inside the Octagon, McGregor has become a very rich man outside of the cage. He has many business ventures, including his Proper 12 Whiskey brand and other avenues such as his McGregor Fast program and other endeavors. In addition to his 2017 boxing match against Floyd Mayweather his UFC purses have put him just under $1 billion in earnings. McGregor spoke about this in an interview with UFC.
“It’s motivating, you know, Michael Jordan is at the top spot, obviously with the Jordan Brand took him there. He’s worth multiple billions – I think it’s $3.3 he’s made,” he said. “I’m closing in on a billion, I think I’m at about $650m all in that I’ve made. I think they estimate that, I’d probably have to do my own little check of that, but I fancy my chances, I fancy my chances of getting up that list. It was good to see, and as you said the Forbes was a goal of mine to hit that and I got that and onwards we go.”
McGregor says he’s closing in on $1 billion earned and with no end in sight for his fighting career he plans on getting there one day. He makes the most money out of anyone on the UFC roster and although he has not fought in two years, is planning a return later this year. There is no telling how much longer he will fight or how many fights he will need in order to surpass Jordan but it seems that he will need a little help from outside opportunities as well.