Conor McGregor ‘banks £3.61million for UFC 264 defeat by Dustin Poirier’ after horror leg break… that’s FIVE TIMES more than his rival and £12,033 for every second of the fight
- There was unsatisfying ending to UFC 264 as Conor McGregor broke his leg
- Fight could not continue so Dustin Poirier won by TKO after doctor’s stoppage
- Irishman took home a reported £3.61million for his night’s work in Las Vegas
- Poirier, despite winning, is understood to have banked £736,000 for the fight
Conor McGregor banked £3.61million for the defeat by Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 on Saturday night.
The Irishman suffered a TKO defeat after the doctor stopped the fight following his gruesome leg break at the very end of the opening round.
It was a hugely frustrating conclusion for all involved and fans were denied a real conclusion to the trilogy between McGregor and his American rival.
Conor McGregor collected £3.61million despite defeat at UFC 264 having broken his leg
The Irishman and his opponent Dustin Poirier put on a compelling show for five minutes
Despite the unfortunate ending inside the octagon, McGregor’s bank balance received a boost of £3.61m, according to The Sports Daily.
The UFC do not release fighter pay officially but Poirier reportedly took home £736,000, significantly less than his opponent despite the fact that he won their second fight back in January.
The pay-per-view came in at just under 1.8 million buys globally, making it the second most lucrative in the organisation’s history after McGregor’s infamous fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov.
The fact that McGregor was forced out of the contest after just five minutes with his fractured tibia means he raked in £12,033-per-second of action in the cage.
McGregor is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines and has already had surgery
Back in May, McGregor was ranked as the No 1 highest paid athlete in the world and his earnings from Saturday night will help keep him in top spot, but that will be scant consolation.
He was hugely frustrated and even conducted an interview after the fight while in a tremendous amount of pain from the injury.
McGregor roared that ‘this isn’t over’ and the general consensus seems to be that there will be a fourth point further down the line.
Fans may have to wait a while to see that, with the former two-weight champion hit with a medical suspension until January next year.
The suspension can be removed but only with special permission from a doctor.
Poirier and the lightweight division will move on, with ‘Diamond’ widely expected to face Charles Oliveira for the belt in his next encounter.
Poirier will move on to fight Charles Oliveira next in a fight for the lightweight belt