UFC's new featherweight champ Conor McGregor stunned the world in record-breaking fashion by knocking out former titleholder Jose Aldo in just 13 seconds on Sunday. And UFC chairman and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta believes McGregor will smash one notable mark by the time the Notorious one leaves the Octagon for good.
Fertitta told ESPN's Darren Rovell on Wednesday that he thinks McGregor is on his way to be the UFC's "first $100 millionaire."
The Zuffa co-owner explained that his bold prediction only covers McGregor's possible earnings inside the UFC including fight bonuses and pay-per-view revenues, should the Irishman continue to deliver dominating fights in his young but already successful career.
Outside the UFC, McGregor already stands to earn much from his endorsement and entertainment deals - with Monster, Fanatics, and a possible Hollywood acting gig, according to a TMZ report.
In UFC 194 alone, where McGregor downed Aldo with a one-punch knockout, the 27-year-old champ earned a disclosed $500K, plus a $40K bonus from UFC outfitting partner Reebok, $50K more from the UFC for the performance of the night award, and his cut from the pay-per-view revenue that are reported to exceed one million buys.
Fertitta acknowledged that after a stunning feat in UFC 194, McGregor is in for bigger fights and paydays because he "left people wanting more."
While McGregor's next opponent is yet to be named, it would undoubtedly be another big-earner as speculations are that it could be a lightweight title fight against the winner of this weekend's clash between Rafael dos Anjos and Donald Cerrone, or it could be a defense of his featherweight crown against Frankie Edgar.