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The Incredibly Generous Side Of Conor McGregor

PJ Browne
By PJ Browne
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We're not sure exactly how much Conor McGregor earned from his fight at UFC 189 back in July, but it certainly was in the millions.

He had a disclosed salary of $500,000 plus a 'fight of the night' bonus of $50,000. On top of that there was a cut of both the gate and the pay-per-view buys.

He has also been the main attraction on the latest season of the UFC's reality TV show 'The Ultimate Fighter'. An appearance which likely came with considerable remuneration.


There's no doubting that he earned more in recent months than in his career previously.

Speaking to Ariel Helwani on the MMA Hour on Monday, McGregor revealed how he has spent some of that income.

The interim featherweight title holder does not lack generosity when it comes to helping out his family. He has paid off his mother's mortgage, family members' bills and 'gave everyone brand new cars'.

Where I'm from, and when people make it and have success, there's one thing on their mind. That's family.

When I came home from Las Vegas, I spoiled my family. I took every bill from my family. I paid for my mother's mortgage. I gave everyone brand new cars.

On the climb, I always visualised giving - giving to people that are around me - and what it would feel like to roll up one day and say 'that mortgage on the house is gone now, don't worry about that'. Those are the things that I used to dream of - seeing their reaction.

So, when I got back, I invited them up to my home and we sat down and we had dinner. We talked about all these things and I took every bill off their hands, every single bill. My whole family has retired young now.

Those are the things that motivate me to push on. That's why I do it, that's why I went through that struggle and pushed and pushed and pushed and conquered that adversity like champions do. It was all so I could come home and do that for my mother, my family and the people who have been around from day one.

The same with John [Kavanagh]. John's been around and helped me so much and I'll never, ever stop being grateful for John's help. So I came home and I helped John aswell.

I just want to give to the people that have given me so much.

Picture credit: Esther Lin / SPORTSFILE

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