Conor McGregor Breaks Brock Lesnar's Record for Biggest Fight Purse at UFC 202

Steven Rondina@srondinaFeatured ColumnistAugust 21, 2016

Conor McGregor speaks during a UFC 202 mixed martial arts news conference, Thursday, July 7, 2016, in Las Vegas. McGregor is scheduled to fight Nate Diaz at UFC 202 in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
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UFC 202 may go on to set a number of records, but it already broke one. According to MMAFighting.com's Marc Raimondi, Conor McGregor will earn the biggest disclosed MMA purse in the sport's history at $3 million. His opponent, Nate Diaz, will earn $2 million, which makes up part of the biggest combined payday for a single bout.

The disclosed payouts do not include the pay-per-view revenue either fighter may get, meaning McGregor and Diaz will likely make more money.

How much more? Unfortunately, that will remain a mystery.

Regardless, it's a considerable boost for McGregor, who became the UFC's first fighter to receive a seven-figure disclosed purse at UFC 196, earning $1 million for his initial fight opposite Diaz. Diaz, meanwhile, received $500,000 for his win.

From a historical perspective, it's a significant increase over nearly all other purses. The biggest in MMA history for a long while was Andrei Arlovski's $1.5 million payday at the 2009 Affliction: Day of Reckoning pay-per-view, which he main evented opposite then-No. 1 heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko.

Andrei Arlovski held the record for largest disclosed payout in MMA history for years.
Andrei Arlovski held the record for largest disclosed payout in MMA history for years.Jon P. Kopaloff/Getty Images

That record stood until UFC 200, where Brock Lesnar made a disclosed $2.5 million for his fight with Mark Hunt.

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While the headliners will get big checks, the fighters on the undercard aren't so lucky.

UFC 202 co-main eventers Anthony Johnson and Glover Teixeira will earn $135,000 and $65,000, respectively, with the winner doubling his pay. Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone is the fourth-highest-paid fighter on the card and will make a disclosed $85,000 to show and another $85,000 to win.

In all likelihood, none of them will get a portion of the revenue generated from the broadcast.


Payout statistics courtesy of MMAJunkie.com unless otherwise noted.


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