This year, we saw Conor McGregor‘s long-awaited return to the top of the 155-pound division when he squared off with Dustin Poirier on two separate occasions. Despite being on the losing side of the fight, he was not on the losing side of life. Conor, as per usual, got paid.
It makes sense that he should too. The Irishman is the only star in the UFC today who is capable of breaking 1 million PPV buys consistently, and his fights with Poirier were massive.
According to OLBG.com, McGregor earned $8,695,652 per minute, with $22 million in earnings across both fights. However, it seems that they are only accounting for the trilogy fight and not the initial rematch since they claim McGregor only had two and a half minutes of action. Even if they did account for the rest of his time in the cage, he would still be the number-one athlete on the list with around $2.75 million per minute.
The Other Athletes
To see an MMA athlete come in at the top of this list is very promising. The other names on this list are very high-profile athletes with huge contracts, and Canelo Alvarez and McGregor are the only combat athletes. The top 10 list from OLBG.com is as follows:
- Conor McGregor – (MMA)
- Canelo Alvarez – (Boxing)
- Dak Prescott – (American Football)
- Ronnie Staley – (American Football)
- David Bakhtiari – (American Football)
- Joey Bosa – (American Football)
- Trent Williams – (American Football)
- Myles Garret – (American Football)
- Jalen Ramsey – (American Football)
- Marlon Humphrey – (American Football)
It is impossible not to acknowledge the impact Conor McGregor has on the sport. There is a different feeling in the air for a McGregor card, and the amount of eyes drawn to these cards often helps build new stars. Derrick Lewis’ legendary comeback win over Alexander Volkov would not have been as big of a moment if it wasn’t on the biggest MMA pay-per-view of all time.
McGregor may be the closest thing this generation will have to Mike Tyson, at least in revenue generated and in the impact made by a combat sports athlete. Many know McGregor and can imitate his signature style, while the same cannot be said for other combat sports athletes. His impact is undeniable.
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