Conor McGregor has made it to the list of the highest-paid athletes in the world. He is one of the greatest mixed martial artists to ever grace the octagon. McGregor now makes his presence as the wealthiest athlete in the sport. He is ranked 33 in the Top 50 Highest-Paid Athletes of All Time, which is recently released. Michael Jordan is the highest-paid athlete, earning $3.3 billion from his NBA career.
The list is compiled by Sportico, where McGregor is the only MMA fighter to make it to the list. According to the report, McGregor has made $615 million in his career. The Irishman took the UFC to new heights during his career with his notorious performances. However, the last time he fought anyone in the Octagon was in 2021, in a loss against Dustin Poirier.
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He became the first fighter to hold both titles in succession in the history of the UFC. McGregor took to Instagram to react to the the list, “Nice. Working for the top spot,” said McGregor. Certainly, the Irishman is not going to stop there are continue working for the top.
In addition to his success in MMA, McGregor also competed in professional boxing in 2017. He faced off against Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a highly publicized bout. The fight generated a massive amount of attention and revenue and made $100 million in a single payday. He sold off his majority shares in his Proper No.12 Whiskey Brand to Proximo Spirits for a reported $600 million.
McGregor is reportedly heading back to the UFC in a coaching role after a 2-year absence due to an injury he suffered in 2021.
Michael Jordan claims the top spot as the highest-paid athlete
Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan takes up the top spot as the highest-paid athlete. Jordan is one of the greatest athletes in history, he has single-handedly taken NBA to the greatest heights. His impact on the league is unmatched by anyone, anywhere in any league.
He has made $3.3 billion, which is $800 million more than his closest competitor, Tiger Woods. As per Forbes, his real-time net worth is estimated at a staggering $2 billion, for an athlete.
Michael Jordan is the highest-paid athlete of all time—and the gap is growing.
— Sportico (@Sportico) March 7, 2023
Jordan’s earnings will not be without his deal with Nike and the Jordan brand. He has earned $1.8 billion from the sale of Jordan products. He is a successful athlete and a successful entrepreneur. Despite his massive wealth, Jordan made a record-highest donation of $10 million to Make-A-Wish Foundation to celebrate his 60th birthday.