McGregor’s prediction for how much he would earn for Khabib fight is way off

Conor McGregor’s defeat to Khabib Nurmagomedov smashed MMA pay-per-view records.

But the Irishman’s prediction over how much he would make from the fight appear to be wide of the mark.

McGregor was beaten by Khabib in Las Vegas although the action inside the cage was marred by shocking violent scenes after the fight.

Khabib climbed the cage and launched himself at McGregor’s team to spark melees between the two camps.

Unsurprisingly, the fight hit new heights with worldwide pay-per-view numbers estimated to be around 2.4 million.

That would be a new record for the sport, although UFC chief Dana White had hoped the fight would reach numbers close to 3 million.

The figures break down at around 1.9 million on traditional pay-per-view, and close to 480,000 via streaming.

Ahead of the fight, McGregor suggested there would be much more, boosting his purse.

He said: “We’re estimating around 3 to 3.5million buys.

“I’d say I’ll close in around the $50million (£38m) mark. So, for a mixed martial artist to make $50million from a mixed martial arts bout, it’s quite breathtaking.”

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McGregor’s rematch with Nate Diaz had held the previous record with around 1.65m buys, ahead of the initial fight.

The Irishman was reportedly set to take home $3m (£2.27m) for fighting Khabib, exclusive of PPV revenue, commercial deals and bonuses – regardless of the result – with the Russian receiving $2m (£1.5m).

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