Conor McGregor Made More Money Per Second During The Jose Aldo Fight Than Most Americans Make In 10 Years
In just 13 seconds, Conor McGregor knocked out Jose Aldo in the fastest UFC title fight ever, becoming the undisputed featherweight champion in the process. And to add a very tasty cherry on top of the cake of victory, the Irishman is set to be paid more per second than any other fighter in UFC history–shattering the previous UFC record held by, yep, you guessed it, Ronda Rousey–who pocketed $147,000 per second during her UFC 190 win over Bethe Correia.
So how much did the 27-year-old McGregor make?
McGregor’s contract gives him a cut of pay-per-view shares: a reported $3-$5 for each purchase. While we don’t know exactly how many buys UFC 194 will total — most outlets predict well over one million — it is a sure bet to at least reach UFC 189′s one-million mark. McGregor fought Chad Mendes, a last-minute replacement for Aldo, in the headliner for that event.
Going off the lowest figures in that equation, one million PPV buys with a $3 cut, McGregor would already be getting paid more than $230,000 per second. Add in his $580,000 combined fight and sponsor pay, and that number rises to over $275,000 per second ($3.5 million total). In case you’re curious, a more optimistic estimate for McGregor — say, a $5 PPV cut and 1.5 million PPV buys — would equate to nearly $622,000 per second ($8 million total).
According to the U.S. Census, the median household income in the United States is $50,502. If we’re hovering somewhere in the middle of the lowest projected number per second ($275,000) to the highest ($622,000), Conor McGregor made more money in one second than the average American makes in close to 10 years.
Economies of scale, bro. What a bitch.