Early UFC 229 salaries: Conor McGregor ($3 million) leads payroll vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov ($2 million)

Former two-division champion Conor McGregor estimates he’ll make $50 million to fight lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229.

On paper, he’ll make a little less. According to salaries released today by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, which oversees the blockbuster pay-per-view, McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) will take home a flat $3 million to face Nurmagomedov (26-0 MMA, 10-0 UFC), who’s set to bank $2 million.

UFC 229 takes place Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The event’s main card airs live on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

McGregor made a disclosed $3 million for a rematch with Nate Diaz at UFC 202. His salary for a lightweight title bout against Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 was not publicly available.

Other top earners from UFC 229 include former interim lightweight champ Tony Ferguson, who could make up to $155,000 to beat Anthony Pettis. The former undisputed champ, meanwhile, stands to make up to $290,000.

The total disclosed paydays for the card

Khabib Nurmagomedov: $2 million (no win bonus)
vs. Conor McGregor: $3 million (no win bonus)

Tony Ferguson: $150,000 to show ($5,000 to win)
vs Anthony Pettis: $145,000 to show ($145,000 to win)

Ovince Saint Preux: $86,000 to show ($86,000 to win)
vs. Dominick Reyes: $45,000 to show ($45,000 to win)

Derrick Lewis: $135,000 to show ($135,000 to win)
vs. Alexander

Article source: https://mmajunkie.com/2018/10/early-ufc-229-salaries-conor-mcgregor-3-million-leads-payroll-khabib-nurmagomedov-2-million

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