Conor McGregor is set to make $10m (£7.2m) for his upcoming bout against long-time rival Dustin Poirier, set for UFC 264 this weekend.
McGregor is the highest-earning athlete in UFC history and while it is unclear whether the Irishman will continue competing in MMA after this weekend’s fight, he is set to pocket yet another enormous paycheque against Poirier.
Of the $10m he is set to make, $3m (£2.1m) comes in guaranteed money while the rest of his purse will come from his cut of pay-per-view sales, estimated to be around $7m (£5m).
Poirier is also set to make a significant amount from the fight, with a $1m (£700k) coming in guaranteed money and an estimated $2m (£1.4m) from pay-per-view sales. It is expected to be a career-best purse for the Diamond.
McGregor is set to face long-time rival Poirier at UFC 264, just six months after he was defeated by the Diamond at UFC 257 second-round knockout.
Poirier’s victory levelled the score between the two men at one apiece, following McGregor’s 2014 victory via first-round knockout.
Both men have become dramatically different fighters since then and while McGregor has become one of the highest-earning athletes on the planet, Poirier has become a fan favourite and one of the UFC’s pound-for-pound best.
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A winner of the rubber match is almost guaranteed a title shot in the UFC’s lightweight division.
Brazil’s Charles Oliveira is the current champion, following his victory over Michael Chandler at UFC 262, and while Oliveira is an excellent fighter, both McGregor and Poirier would likely be the betting favourite against the Brazilian.
UFC 264 takes place on July 10 at the T-Mobile Arena in Nevada and is shaping up to be a brilliant night of fights.
Alongside McGregor vs. Poirier III, a welterweight clash between Gilbert Burns and Stephen Wonderboy Thompson is slated to feature in the co-main event slot.
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