Have you ever wondered what the net worth of Connor McGregor is? Well, the trash-talking Irishman and entrepreneur has built himself a sizeable fortune over the years. Hitting the fighting scene in 2007, McGregor was an instant success. People who weren’t even fans of the sport started to notice McGregor as he seamlessly beat everyone put in front of him. In just a few years, he would hold a UFC title belt in two different weight classes and the first UFC fighter to fight a professional pay-per-view boxing match. When you add up all his fight payouts and brand deals, Connor McGregor has a net worth of 120 million dollars. In this post, we show you exactly how the slick-talking Irishman has amassed his wealth.
Conor McGregor was born in Crumlin, Dublin, on July 14, 1988. He was raised in Crumlin and always had a passion for sports. The first sport he ever played was soccer, and he played for the Lourdes Celtic Football Club.
McGregor grew up in a rough part of town. At age 12, he started boxing at the Crumlin Boxing Club to learn how to defend himself against bullies.
In 2006, when he was 17, McGregor moved to Lucan, Dublin, with his family, where he would finish high school. Upon graduation, he started a plumbing apprenticeship. Blue color work was all he ever knew, and it would’ve been his future if he didn’t meet future UFC fighter Tom Egan while in Lucan. They connected over their love of fighting and soon started training mixed martial arts (MMA) together. McGregor would eventually quit working as a plumbing apprentice and set out to make it big as a professional fighter.
Just a year later in 2007, McGregor made his MMA debut in an amateur fight against Kieran Campbell. He won by technical knockout (TKO) in the first round. He had such an amazing fight that he was signed by the Irish Cage of Truth promotion soon after and started his professional career.
On March 9, 2008, McGregor had his first professional MMA bout and won with a second-round TKO. From 2008 to 2012, he would only lose two times and go on to win both the CWFC Featherweight and Lightweight championships. This made him the first European MMA fighter to hold titles in two divisions simultaneously.
McGregor would get his big break in February 2013 when UFC president Dana White made a trip to Dublin to receive a Gold Medal of Honorary Patronage from Trinity College. It was there where he was flooded with requests to sign McGregor to the UFC. He decided to meet with the up-and-coming fighter, and shortly after their meeting, White offered him a contract to fight in the UFC.
Connor McGregor UFC Career
In February 2013, the UFC announced that they signed McGregor to a multi-fight contract. This made McGregor the second fighter from Ireland to compete for the company. Quickly after his signing, McGregor took the sport by storm.
Everyone started to hear of the trash-talking, hard-hitting Irishman who was beating his opponents left and right. On December 12, 2015 he would have his first title fight against Jose Aldo and won via knockout in the first 13 seconds of the fight, making him the UFC Featherweight Champion. This finish marked the fastest knockout in a title fight in UFC history.
On November 12, 2016, he would fight Eddie Alvarez for the UFC Lightweight Championship November 12, 2016. He would win this fight via TKO in the second round, making him the first fighter in UFC history to hold a UFC title belt in two different weight classes.
Conor McGregor Net Worth Before Mayweather
Before 2017, McGregor was a multi-millionaire. He was getting millions of dollars per fight after becoming a titleholder and made around 25 million dollars after beating Eddie Alvarez for the Lightweight Championship.
However, Connor McGregor’s net worth would skyrocket after he landed a deal to fight Floyd Mayweather, one of the best boxers of all time. He crossed over sports, and on August 26, 2017, McGregor fought Floyd Mayweather.
According to Forbes, the fight had 4.3 million pay-per-view purchases and made another $55 million at the gate. This made it the second most financially successful boxing matches in history. Although Connor lost in the tenth round via TKO, he made an estimated 85 million dollars from the fight alone before adding endorsements or merchandise royalties.
Connor McGregor Proper 12 Whiskey
With his new earnings, McGregor launched Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey in September 2018. McGregor used his personal brand to help drive sales worldwide. The brand was an instant success.
In July 2020, reports claimed that Jose Cuervo had increased their stock options in the brand from 20 to 49 percent. Based on the amount Jose Cuervo paid to increase their share of the brand, it valued the company at around 235 million dollars. McGregor teased in 2019, on social media, that Proper 12 generated over 1 billion in revenue its first year.
Connor McGregor Net Worth 2021
As of 2021, Connor McGregor has a net worth of 120 million dollars. With multiple 8 figure payday fights, a series of endorsements, and being a majority owner of a 9 figure whiskey brand Connor McGregor has built himself a massive fortune.
- Break the mold: McGregor came from a blue-collar town in Ireland where everyone was expected to get an apprenticeship and work a skilled trade. He knew that he was destined for more and took the massive risk of leaving his apprenticeship to pursue fighting. His parents disapproved, and you have to remember this was before the UFC was the global brand it is today. Friends and family ridiculed him, but he knew what he wanted in life and wouldn’t let anyone else stand in his way.
- Do what you love even if you don’t get paid for it: Most professional fighters don’t make a full-time income unless they make it to the UFC. For six years, McGregor fought full time without receiving any significant monetary gains. This is why it’s so important to love what you do because there is no guarantee you will always get paid to pursue your passions. But if you love your craft, you can keep showing up day in and day out because your love motivates you to get better.
- Leverage your brand: If he wasn’t a household name already, McGregor surely became one after his fight with Mayweather. So, after his fight, he brilliantly launched his whiskey brand, Proper 12, and promoted it through his social channels. One of the hardest things about launching a brand is getting exposure for it. It isn’t cheap to partner with celebrities. However, if you are a celebrity yourself, you can use your own brand to promote your product and drive sales. This is why it’s essential to develop your own brand because if you can build a loyal following, you can sell them almost anything of value.