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Former two-weight champion Conor McGregor is the biggest superstar in UFC history and his paychecks certainly show it.

The Irishman has earned some of the biggest paydays in the sport and went on to earn a further nine-figures when he boxed Floyd Mayweather back in 2017.

McGregor returned in 2018 when he lost to Khabib Nurmagomedov and is now set to return again this Saturday when he faces Donald Cerrone in the UFC 246 headliner. Like always, “The Notorious” is expecting a huge payday. But not many expected the amounts he claims to have earned and will earn soon, at least in MMA:

“I’m confident it’s going to be a nice paycheck,” McGregor said of his upcoming bout in a sit-down interview with Ariel Helwani. “Probably [the most] in my mixed martial arts career. I’d say about $80 million. We got Australia, Canada, England and Ireland. Should be a good one.

“Made $50 million [for the Nurmagomedov fight]. They think I’m toast Ariel, but I’m still the bread.”

With all these huge paydays, one would wonder why McGregor continues to fight. After all, many questioned if he would even fight after the lucrative payday he got from the Mayweather fight.

But for McGregor, it’s all about his passion for fighting:

“For me, it’s not about money,” he explained. “I’m in a position where it’s forever money. This is not about money for me. No amount of money will stop my hunger for this, my hunger to compete and entertain and live my life the way I want to live it and the way I enjoy to live it. Too much money in the past can be dangerous. There’s no limits, no boundaries — you can do anything, you can go anywhere.

“I know what I want to do and what I enjoy doing and this is what I enjoy doing so I’m going to keep doing it. Now I’m doing it full steam ahead and I’m in the best shape of my life, mental and physical.”

What do you make of McGregor’s comments?

Experienced freelance sports writer covering mixed martial arts (MMA) extensively for the last few years. Likes a good body shot.