MMA Manifesto have released the financial figures for the top 10 highest paid fighters in the UFC Featherweight division.
The Featherweight division is among the UFC’s most competitive division, and while it is largely still undecided as to who will succeed current champion Conor McGregor for the featherweight title, there is no question as to who will surpass him in the financial rankings – no one.
|1||Conor McGregor||$3,000,000||$3,000,000||$ –|
|2||Jose Aldo||$ 500,000||$ 400,000||$ 100,000|
|3||Frankie Edgar||$ 380,000||$ 190,000||$ 190,000|
|4||Chad Mendes||$ 164,000||$ 82,000||$ 82,000|
|5||Max Holloway||$ 150,000||$ 75,000||$ 75,000|
|6||Clay Guida||$ 110,000||$ 55,000||$ 55,000|
|7||Ricardo Lamas||$ 106,000||$ 53,000||$ 53,000|
|8||Jeremy Stephens||$ 100,000||$ 50,000||$ 50,000|
|8||Renan Barao||$ 100,000||$ 50,000||$ 50,000|
|10||Gray Maynard||$ 96,000||$ 48,000||$ 48,000|
According to MMA Manifesto, McGregor earns a $3 million fee just to show up to fight, and that’s not including whatever percentage of the pay-per-view he earns in addition to his fight fee.
The Dubliner’s wealth is staggering for an MMA fighter and is even more astonishing when compared with the relative earnings of his competitors.
The Crumlin native makes more than double of the next nine highest paid fighters in the division for show money, and even if all of the fighters that trail him win, and receive their full win bonus, McGregor still makes more than them combined with his $3 million show fee thwarting the $1.71 million pool the next nine fighters share between them.
McGregor’s last three fights — UFC 194 (McGregor vs. Jose Aldo), UFC 196 (McGregor vs. Diaz) and UFC 202 (McGregor vs. Diaz II) — account for three of the UFC’s six biggest pay-per-view events of all time.
Jack O’ Toole, Pundit Arena.