UFC 202 lived up to the hype with Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz slugging it out in a five-round battle. The Notorious edged out a victory in the closely contested match-up; however, both fights are winners when it comes their net worth.
Conor McGregor will make a disclosed $3 million fight salary at UFC 202 for his main event fight against Nate Diaz who will make $2 million.
According to Forbes, Conor McGregor’s net worth is estimated to be around $22 million based on his earnings and endorsements.
Nate Diaz, on the other hand, has a net worth of around $1.5 to $3 million based on his UFC 196 earnings and career purse.
According to UFC president Dana White, UFC 202 is trending to be the biggest pay-per-view event (PPV) for the company, which means Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor are set to make millions from their PPV share.
Part 1: Nate Diaz
Part 2: Conor McGregor
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In an interview with the Herd, Dana revealed the following.
“I do [think it will break the all-time PPV record] — it’s trending that way. These guys broke the record last time — and it looked like UFC 200 was going to break their record — then Jon Jones fell out. It looks like these guys will break the record again.”
Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor will make most of their money from the PPV. Rough estimates suggest that they could make somewhere between $7 million to $10 million depending on much money they receive for each PPV buy.
Previous reports suggest that MMA fighters could earn anywhere from $3 to $6 per PPV buy. According to Bloody Elbow, Dana White confirmed that UFC 196 is estimated to have sold 1.5 million PPV buys.
This suggests that UFC 202 could have sold up to 2 million PPV or more.
In the fight, Conor had success early on with successful knockdowns and leg kicks. Diaz started to check the leg kicks and land solid jabs.
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Conor started to fade in round three with one judge scoring it a 10-8 round. Diaz landed more significant strikes, which led many fans to believe that the decision should have gone his way.
However, Conor’s knockdowns in the earlier rounds may have helped him sway the judges and get the victory.
After the fight, both fighters expressed their interest in a trilogy fight, which will boost the net worth of both fights substantially.
Dana White has said that he will like the Notorious to return to featherweight to defend his belt or relinquish it.
McGregor showed little interest in fighting Jose Aldo due to his record of missing fights and his performance against Frankie Edgar, which Conor feels he played safe.
Conor McGregor revealed that he is making $10 million for UFC 202 and his $3million disclosed purse is the highest in UFC history beating Brock Lesnar’s $2.5 million purses at UFC 200.
Nate Diaz stated in a post-fight interview that is not interested in other fights, which suggest he may remain inactive until his trilogy fight with McGregor.
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Diaz also said that he only wants big fights; however, there are not many big names in his lightweight division.
Diaz did not agree with the judge’s decision and suggested that there may be a bias. Nate scored a takedown late into the last round where he ended in a dominant position.
His picked up his opponent, and both Diaz and McGregor embraced each other after the classic fight. It is likely that the trilogy fight will be booked sometime early next year.
If McGregor has any injuries, it is not clear how long it will be before the featherweight champion can defend his belt.
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