To most of the UFC world, Conor McGregor (pictured) was nothing more than a preliminary card fighter entering UFC on FUEL TV 9. However, the featherweight has been considered one of Ireland’s best scrapers for the past two years and he had a point to prove Saturday against Marcus Brimage.
“Notorious” also had some paychecks he desperately needed to pocket. McGregor likely earned $16,000 for his big league debut, with half coming via win bonus. More importantly, the financially strapped 24-year-old scored $60k for ‘Knockout of the Night.’
“To be honest, I don’t know what’s going on here,” an overwhelmed McGregor admitted at the post-fight press conference. “I’m just hearing $60,000. I’m just thinking what I’m going to spend it on. Just last week I was collecting the social welfare. I was in there saying to them like, ‘I don’t know what’s going to happen. I’m signed to the UFC. I don’t know what, blah, blah, blah.’
“But now, I suppose, I’m gonna have to tell them to [expletive] off.”
Of the 26 contestants who competed yesterday in Sweden, nobody made a bigger splash than McGregor. He fought with a hunger and sense of desperation that was refreshing to UFC president Dana White and fans alike.
Perhaps that’s because McGregor was hungry and desperate, literally.
“I didn’t have money before this,” McGregor stated. “Like I said, I was collecting 188 Euro a week ($244.63 USD) off the social welfare. And now here I am, with like 60g’s bonus and then my own pay. I don’t know what the [expletive] is going on, to be honest. This is the biggest [check I've ever received].”
The news gets even better for the Irishman. McGregor’s quick victory will allow him to make a fast turnaround and pump more zeroes into his bank account. White said McGregor will likely appear in August’s UFC on FS1 1 event in Boston.