Conor McGregor: Purse for McGregor vs Diaz 2Written by Joseph Herron
"The company was just sold for $4 Billion, and I guarantee you I was a big reason why that pricetag was so high" - Conor McGregor during UFC 202 press conference
Tonight, Saturday August 20, Featherweight world champion and UFC superstar Conor McGregor will once again compete outside of his natural weight division and take on rugged Nate Diaz at 170 pounds in the main event of UFC 202. The event will be available for purchase on UFC PPV for the bargain basement price of $49.99 in SD, and $59.99 HD.
The McGregor/Diaz rematch will headline a five-bout PPV card that will go live at 10 PM ET. Additional fight night coverage will include a trio of bouts on "Fox Sports 1", beginning at 8 PM ET, while "UFC Fight Pass" will have three more bouts on an even earlier preliminary show starting at 6:30 PM ET.
The stakes are extremely high for this non-title effort and anticipated rematch. Although a shiny UFC trinket won't be on the line, universal respect, headlining appeal, as well as overall market value will ultimately be at risk in this scheduled 5 round special attraction.
Leading into this heated return bout, the 28 year old, self-promoting machine is undoubtedly the mainstream draw in this event. Although match-ups are what ultimately sell in combat sports, Conor is the overwhelming, charismatic cash-cow of the company.
As a result, the bad-boy from Dublin, Ireland, will earn a career high guarantee of $3 million according to the Nevada State Athletic Commission. His opponent, Nate Diaz, will reportedly make a cool $2 million for his efforts this evening, which will also be a career high paycheck for the fighter from Stockton, CA.
Five months ago, an additional $100K was given to the winner of the UFC 196 main event, which was Nate Diaz by way of a rear submission choke. Because both competing fighters are receiving a much higher guaranteed purse for a slated five rounds of action, no bonus will be given to this evening's victor.
But don't feel bad for the often abrasive superstar.
Conor stands to make an additional amount for every PPV unit sold beyond a threshold of 500K buys. So if UFC 202 garners well over a million purchases, McGregor could potentially earn between $8 to $10 million dollars for Saturday night's business, win or lose.
Obviously, his earning potential and overall attraction could be hindered should McGregor suffer back to back losses to Diaz, so a victory is a financial imperative for the popular Irish champion.
Will Conor McGregor prove his detractors wrong and come up big against nemesis Nate Diaz in the main event of UFC 202 this evening?