Win or lose, featherweight champion Conor McGregor is poised to become the UFC’s first $1 million man when he steps in the Octagon with Nate Diaz. McGregor and Diaz headline Saturday’s UFC 196 in Las Vegas in a five-round, welterweight non-title fight.
According to the disclosed fighter payroll filed with the Nevada Athletic Commission obtained by ESPN‘s Brett Okamoto, the fight will secure McGregor a $1 million guaranteed purse with no win bonus. It marks the first time in the promotion’s history that it has guaranteed a fighter $1 million on the disclosed payroll.
McGregor is, of course, going to net much more than $1 million for the fight. The disclosed payroll filed with the athletic commission does not include pay-per-view percentages, Reebok apparel payouts, sponsorships, or other fight related income.
McGregor told CNBC that he would “breeze past” $10 million for the fight when all was said and done, but there is no accurate way to verify that number.
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His opponent, Diaz, is guaranteed $500,000, also without a win bonus.
UFC women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm is another fighter on the card with the win bonus off the table. According to the NAC, Holm is guaranteed $500,000 for putting her belt on the line against Miesha Tate in the night’s co-main event. Tate is slated to make $46,000 to fight and another $46,000 if she wins.
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