Conor McGregor claims Donald Cerrone UFC fight will earn him over £60million
Conor McGregor is making his long-awaited UFC return against Donald Cerrone this Saturday – and the Irishman expects to rake in a staggering £62m from the bout.
It has been 15 months since McGregor last competed inside the Octagon, with his last contest ending in defeat at the hands of Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Now the former two-weight UFC champion is gearing up for his comeback fight against Cerrone in Las Vegas on Saturday, a test he is widely expected to pass with flying colours.
Despite being out of action for over a year, though, McGregor claims he will bank £62m from his clash with “Cowboy” at the T-Mobile Arena.
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“It's going to be a good pay cheque," he told ESPN.
“Probably the most ever in my mixed martial arts career… I'm estimating a good $80m [£62m].
“We have Australia, Canada and England and Ireland… it should be a good one.
When asked how much money he made in his defeat against Khabib Nurmagomedov, McGregor said: “$50m [£38m]. They think I'm toast but I'm still the bread.
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“I’ll be a billionaire by the time I'm 35.”
McGregor is the UFC’s biggest cash cow by some distance, with his brash persona and knockout power making him a global superstar.
“The Notorious” is renowned for getting under opponents’ skin, most notably when he destroyed former pound-for-pound chief Jose Aldo inside 10 seconds back in 2015.
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Cerrone, though, is adamant McGregor will not be able to rattle him in the buildup to their contest – but has warned his foe to exclude family members from any verbal warfare.
“He’s the best at [trash talk]. He is the best,” he told MMA Fighting.
“The thing is you’d really have to go low, talk about my grandma or my kid and then it would put it on another level.
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“You understand what I’m saying? Then I’ll just come f*ck you up in the lobby type s***.
“I don’t think it’s ever going to go that way. He understands that. We’re fighting, he can talk about that all he wants but don’t low blow.”
Cerrone has suffered defeat in his last two outings, coming unstuck against Tony Ferguson due to a doctor stoppage before being stopped by Justin Gaethje.
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Nevertheless, McGregor is taking a significant risk by jumping up to welterweight to face the 36-year-old.
McGregor has only competed at 170lbs on two occasions, losing against Nate Diaz before avenging that defeat in the rematch.
If he comes out on top against Cerrone, he could seek a showdown with BMF Champion Jorge Masvidal.
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