Conor McGregor has become a multi-millionaire during his time in the UFC, and he’s now investing some of that money back into his own career as he looks to avenge his first loss in the Octagon against Nate Diaz when they clash for a second time at UFC 202 on August 20th.
“With gyms, cars, transport, flights, accommodations — I’d estimate we’re talking a $300,000 camp here,” McGregor stated in an interview with ESPN.
“This is a big, big expense — but what I make is big. So, in the bigger picture, it’s rather small.”
Given that McGregor earned a basic salary of $1 million for his last fight with Diaz at UFC 196, that alone would easily cover the cos of his fight camp for UFC 202, but the real money for ‘The Notorious’ comes from his additional split of the pay-per-view revenue.
UFC 196 is believed to have delivered in the region of 1.5 million PPV buys, the second highest in UFC history, which would have boosted McGregor’s bank account by several million dollars, and with the rematch expected to be as big, if not bigger, he shouldn’t be hurting for cash any time soon.
In his preparation for UFC 202, McGregor has been working with his main coach, John Kavanagh as well as Owen Roddy, while also hiring a personal masseuse, a performance coach, a movement coach, a nutritionist and a videographer.
Along with that, McGregor has been flying in training partners to help him prepare for Diaz’s body-type and boxing ability on the feet, and his grappling skills on the mat.
McGregor’s lavish lifestyle will no doubt have been responsible for a large chunk of his $300,000 outlay though, as he’s known to drive expensive cars and is currently renting out a $2.5 million, six-bedroom mansion.