Conor McGregor tops Forbes’ highest-paid athletes list for 2021

Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLCConor McGregor may be entering his UFC 264 trilogy fight with Dustin Poirier coming off of a loss inside the octagon, but he’ll do so as the highest-paid athlete in the world. Forbes Magazine released their list of the top-10 highest paid athletes in 2021 with McGregor topping the list outright for the first time. According to Forbes, the former two-division champion earned a total of $180 million over this past year, most of which coming from selling his majority stake of Proper No. 12 for $150 million. McGregor made a total of $158 million outside of his fighting career—which includes his endorsement portfolio featuring DraftKings and Roots of Fight—joining Tiger Woods and Roger Federer as the only athletes to clear $70 million out of their respective sports while still actively competing. McGregor also reportedly made $22 million in his second-round TKO loss to Poirier at January’s UFC 257 event in Abu Dhabi. “The Notorious” will get his chance at settling the score when he meets the former interim lightweight champion July 10 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, which reportedly sold out in minutes. The Irish superstar is the only combat sports athlete to make the list, which also includes Lionel Messi ($130 million), Cristiano Ronaldo ($120 million), LeBron James ($96.5 million), Tom Brady ($76 million) and Kevin Durant ($75 million).

Conor McGregor tops Forbes’ highest-paid athletes list for 2021
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Conor McGregor may be entering his UFC 264 trilogy fight with Dustin Poirier coming off of a loss inside the octagon, but he’ll do so as the highest-paid athlete in the world.

Forbes Magazine released their list of the top-10 highest paid athletes in 2021 with McGregor topping the list outright for the first time.

According to Forbes, the former two-division champion earned a total of $180 million over this past year, most of which coming from selling his majority stake of Proper No. 12 for $150 million. McGregor made a total of $158 million outside of his fighting career—which includes his endorsement portfolio featuring DraftKings and Roots of Fight—joining Tiger Woods and Roger Federer as the only athletes to clear $70 million out of their respective sports while still actively competing.

McGregor also reportedly made $22 million in his second-round TKO loss to Poirier at January’s UFC 257 event in Abu Dhabi. “The Notorious” will get his chance at settling the score when he meets the former interim lightweight champion July 10 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, which reportedly sold out in minutes.

The Irish superstar is the only combat sports athlete to make the list, which also includes Lionel Messi ($130 million), Cristiano Ronaldo ($120 million), LeBron James ($96.5 million), Tom Brady ($76 million) and Kevin Durant ($75 million).

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Esther Lin, MMA FightingMaurice Greene has revealed he’s no longer under contract with the UFC. The popular heavyweight, who competed on season 28 of The Ultimate Fighter revealed on Tuesday via his Instagram that he has been released by the promotion following his unanimous decision loss to Marcos Rogerio de Lima at UFC Vegas 26 this past Saturday. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Maurice Greene (@thecrochetboss) “The Crochet Boss” ends his UFC run on back-to-back losses, and defeats in four of his last five. Greene began his octagon career with three straight wins, including first-round finishes of Michel Batista and Junior Albini which propelled him into the top-15. The 34-year-old would go on to suffer stoppage losses to Sergey Pavlovich, Aleksei Oleinik and Greg Hardy, while also earning a submission win over Gian Villante this past June at UFC on ESPN 12. Prior to appearing on TUF 28 in 2018, Greene had competed for LFA, King of the Cage, and Glory Kickboxing.

Maurice Greene announces UFC departure
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Maurice Greene has revealed he’s no longer under contract with the UFC.

The popular heavyweight, who competed on season 28 of The Ultimate Fighter revealed on Tuesday via his Instagram that he has been released by the promotion following his unanimous decision loss to Marcos Rogerio de Lima at UFC Vegas 26 this past Saturday.

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A post shared by Maurice Greene (@thecrochetboss)

“The Crochet Boss” ends his UFC run on back-to-back losses, and defeats in four of his last five. Greene began his octagon career with three straight wins, including first-round finishes of Michel Batista and Junior Albini which propelled him into the top-15. The 34-year-old would go on to suffer stoppage losses to Sergey Pavlovich, Aleksei Oleinik and Greg Hardy, while also earning a submission win over Gian Villante this past June at UFC on ESPN 12.

Prior to appearing on TUF 28 in 2018, Greene had competed for LFA, King of the Cage, and Glory Kickboxing.

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