Conor McGregor to Earn $3 Million, Nate Diaz $2 Million for Headlining Bout at UFC 202

By Tristen Critchfield Aug 20, 2016

Conor McGregor has raised the bar once again.

According to salary figures released by the Nevada Athletic Commission, McGregor will earn $3 million for his headlining showdown with Nate Diaz at UFC 202, the largest disclosed payday in the history of the Las Vegas-based promotion. That figure tops the record of $2.5 million set by Brock Lesnar at UFC 200 on July 9. Diaz, meanwhile, will earn $2 million for the welterweight bout. Neither McGregor nor Diaz will receive a win bonus.

Both fighters have received a significant raise from their first meeting: McGregor earned a then record $1 million purse for his second-round submission loss to Diaz at UFC 196 on March 5. In victory, Diaz pocketed a flat salary of $500,000.

As usual, the figures do not account for pay-per-view points or any performance-based or discretionary bonuses a fighter might receive. They also do not account for any deductions made by the commission for taxes, insurance, etc., and do not include any sponsorship money that a fighter may acquire for their performance.

Meanwhile, Anthony Johnson will earn $135,000 to show and $135,000 to win in the light heavyweight co-main event, while Glover Teixeira’s payday is $65,000 to show and $65,000 to win. In another featured bout, Donald Cerrone will make $85,000, with another $85,000 if he wins, while adversary Rick Story Will Garner $41,000 to show and $41,000 to win.

A complete list of UFC 202 payouts, which takes place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, will be released on Monday.


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