With less than a month to the massive showdown between Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229, “Notorious” has made the news once again for his colorful, yet deadly personality. In a post on his Instagram page, McGregor made the following comments:
“If he dies, he dies then I’m paid twice.”
For those of us movie nerds, the words “If he dies, he dies” sent chills up and down our spines as we geeked out over McGregor quoting Ivan Drago from the Rocky IV film. Those words will live on through the annals of Rocky films, and many of our lives, as we all mourned the death of Apollo Creed at the hands of Drago, played by a young Dolph Lundgren.
Conor channeled his inner Ivan Drago as he posted those comments on Instagram a few days ago. Over a million people viewed that post and numerous media outlets covered it. In typical Notorious fashion, McGregor also added his own personal spin on the Drago line with “then I’m paid twice.”
This quote could easily become a marketing masterpiece if McGregor and his people decide to push it. As for now, it’s just another example of how McGregor can sell a fight. With that in mind, it should come as no surprise that Conor McGregor is one of the wealthiest, if not the wealthiest, MMA fighters in the world.
A UK media outlet recently examined all of the fight purses that McGregor earned in his UFC career. The outlet reported that McGregor earned over $38.5 million dollars with the UFC, including his fight purse for the boxing match against Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2017. Now, if you add the additional rumored $100 million that Conor earned from the boxing fight, then McGregor has a net worth of nearly $140 million.
Pundits believe that McGregor will earn at least $5 million or more for his fight against Nurmagomedov. Tickets sold out in minutes and the UFC believes that this super fight will sell more than 2 million PPVs. McGregor has become the undisputed MMA PPV king and we will see why on October 6th when he takes on Khabib in the super fight of the year.
UFC 229:McGregor vs Nurmagomedov Betting Odds
When the fight was first announced, McGregor was an underdog at +135. Over the next month, his odds went up to +155. Currently, according to BetOnline, McGregor’s odds are at +145. I’m willing to bet that McGregor’s odds came down a bit after he quoted Ivan Drago.
As for Nurmagomedov, he opened at a -155 favorite. About 10 days ago, Khabib was up to -170 as oddsmakers viewed him as bigger favorite than when the fight was first made. Currently, after the Drago impersonation of course, Khabib’s odds are down to -165.
In addition to the money lines, we’ve also seen a slight movement in the Over/Under 2.5 total rounds. A few weeks ago, the Over was at +105 and is now down to +100. The Under was at -135 and is now down to -130.
It’s going to be interesting to see how these lines continue to move as we get closer to the fight. I’m still going to bet on McGregor to win this super fight. After channeling his inner Ivan Drago, I’m an even bigger fan of this maniacal MMA superstar.
UFC 229: McGregor vs Nurmagomedov takes place on Saturday, October 6th, from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.