Former two division UFC champion Conor McGregor predicted that he would make approximately $80 million for competing at UFC 246.
McGregor’s longtime rival is UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and if UFC President Dana White is to be believed, a lot of money is sitting in Nurmagomedov’s bank account as well.
“Everybody talks about how rich Conor is,” White said at the UFC 246 post-fight press conference (via Nolan King & Ken Hathaway of MMA Junkie). “Khabib is rich. Khabib has that type of money. Khabib has that type of money. When I say that type of money, I mean over $50 million."
Nurmagomedov returns to action at UFC 249, facing former UFC Interim Lightweight Champion Tony Ferguson in the main event of the evening.
One thing that White really likes about Nurmagomedov is the fact that the lightweight champion never turns down fights.
“The reality is, Khabib has never turned down a fight – ever,” White said. “Khabib doesn’t turn down fights. That’s just not his style. He hates Conor McGregor. Conor McGregor hates him. Anytime you talk about one to the other, those are the type of responses you’re going to get.”
If Nurmagomedov is successful at UFC 249, it could lead to a second showdown between himself and McGregor.