LAS VEGAS (KXNT) – UFC 202 was very nice to MMA’s biggest current star Conor McGregor…and despite a loss by decision, Saturday night’s headline bout in Las Vegas wasn’t so bad for its eventual loser Nate Diaz either.
McGregor netted a cool $3 million for the welterweight fight at T-Mobile Arena Saturday night, the highest-ever reported purse for a UFC fight, according to figures released Sunday by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
Meanwhile, Diaz walked away with $2 million for his efforts Saturday, the third-highest prize purse for a UFC star in the sport’s history. Together, the two men now account for the biggest single fight payout in UFC history.
While Saturday’s entire card of bouts paid out a total of just over $6.1 million, it didn’t top the combined $6.9 million in prize money distributed after the star-studded UFC 200 event last month.
McGregor’s record payday eclipsed the $2.5 million Brock Lesnar earned in defeating Mark Hunt at UFC 200.
While the NSAC figures account for the highest prize money ever paid to a UFC combatant for a single fight, it may be only a small portion of what McGregor will ultimately net from his UFC 202 date. According to website Big Brand Boys, the Irish superstar stands to amass about $15 million in total for Saturday’s work once fighters get their cut of the event’s PPV returns. By those estimates, Diaz will eventually see about $13 million, despite coming up on the losing end of the 30-minute bout.