A reported $22 million in earnings over the past 12 months makes Conor McGregor the world’s 85th highest-paid athlete, according to Forbes.com.
The 27-year-old earned $18 million in fight purses, a figure bolstered by his share of pay-per-view revenue and $4 million in endorsements from sponsors such as Reebok, Fanatics, Monster Energy, BSN, Bud Light, Rolls Royce and Electronic Arts. Forbes looked at earnings from June 1, 2015, to June 1, 2016, when compiling the list.
McGregor fought three times during the period covered by Forbes, competing at UFC 189, UFC 194 and UFC 196. Two of those appearances -- a 13-second knockout of Jose Aldo at UFC 194 and a submission loss to Nate Diaz at UFC 196 -- both reportedly sold more than 1 million pay-per-view buys. The promotion does not disclose earnings from fighter’s pay-per-view points.
Real Madrid soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo topped the list with $88 million in earnings, marking the first time that neither Floyd Mayweather nor Tiger Woods landed in the No. 1 spot. Athletes from 10 different sports made the list, with players from MLB (26), NFL (21), NBA (18) and soccer (12) occupying a large portion of the group. McGregor is the only mixed martial artist on the list.
The “Notorious” Irishman is scheduled to return to the Octagon at UFC 202 on Aug. 20, when he will face Nate Diaz in a rematch of their UFC 196 bout.