Conor McGregor Celebrates Topping The Forbes Rich List

Conor McGregorConor McGregor has reacted for the first time to being named him the highest-paid athlete for 2021 by Forbes. “Baby we did it!! Uimhir a Haon,” McGregor wrote on social media. “Thank you Forbes for recognizing my role as an entrepreneur! It was a dream to lead this list with so many successful athletes! Onwards […]

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Conor McGregor has reacted for the first time to being named him the highest-paid athlete for 2021 by Forbes.

“Baby we did it!! Uimhir a Haon,” McGregor wrote on social media. “Thank you Forbes for recognizing my role as an entrepreneur! It was a dream to lead this list with so many successful athletes! Onwards and upwards we go.”

McGregor takes top honors for the first time in his career in his second appearance on the list. Forbes reviews prize money, salaries, and bonuses earned between May 1, 2020, and May 1, 2021. They also include endorsement incomes that estimate sponsorship deals, appearance fees, and licensing revenues based on information from industry insiders.

‘Notorious’ has been tireless in his pursuit of wealth. This year he’s earned $180 million, with $158 million of that total made outside of the ring. The re-evaluation of Proper Twelve heavily contributed to McGregor’s financial success this year, with him remaining in an ownership role with the whiskey brand. The move made McGregor part of a prestigious group as only the third athlete in history to earn more than $70 million outside of athletic competition while still actively competing in a single year. He joins Roger Federer and Tiger Woods with the accomplishment.

McGregor dethrones the tennis legend, who earned top honours last year, with Lionel Messi, Christiano Ronaldo, Dak Prescott, and LeBron James rounding out this year’s top five. It is also the first time that more than three athletes earned over $100 million in a single year.

The Irishman will continue adding to his vast wealth when he returns to the Octagon on July 10. McGregor is scheduled to face off against Dustin Poirier in an eagerly anticipated and highly lucrative trilogy fight.

Do you think Conor McGregor will top the rich list in 2022?

UFC’s Tony Ferguson Blasts Khabib Nurmagomedov: ‘He’s a F–king B—h’

UFC lightweight fighter Tony Ferguson called retired and undefeated ex-UFC champion Khabib Nurmagomedov a “f–king b—h” during a UFC 262 press conference on…

UFC lightweight fighter Tony Ferguson called retired and undefeated ex-UFC champion Khabib Nurmagomedov a “f–king b—h” during a UFC 262 press conference on…

Midnight Mania! Heavyweight Jones ‘Going To Be A Problem,’ Shares Training Footage

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Jon Jones’ next step is unclear. UFC is unwilling and/or unable to meet his salary demands regarding a highly anticipated match up opposite Francis Ngannou, so for the moment, that bout isn’t happening. Recently, it was revealed that Jones was offered former champ Stipe Miocic in a clear-cut title eliminator, but Jones declined the bout in a series of since-deleted Tweets. In short, Jones appears very willing to play the waiting game.

While the division and negotiations continue to inch forward, Jones is training, and he’s definitely not dropping back down to 205 lbs. “Bones” has been working a lot in the past year or so to gain size and muscle, but there are concerns that more size will affect his speed and conditioning. Some of those worries are inspired by his muscly-but-lackluster performance vs. Ovince Saint Preux, as Jones did a lot of weight lifting prior to that bout too.

Still, Jones is confident that he’s moving in the right direction as an athlete. Check out the clip below of Jones hitting mitts, which Jones says is not his best.

Jones captioned the training footage, “Right now my training is focused around weightlifting, gaining weight and physical fitness, once I actually shift my focus to doing more martial arts it’s going to be a problem. Please don’t mistake this as my best ladies and gentlemen. Hope you enjoy.”

Jones also posted a clip of some conditioning training, alternating between tempo runs on the treadmill and kicks on the bag.

Insomnia

Chris Weidman is on the road to recovery.

Seems like Kevin Lee has found a foe for his return to 170 lbs.

Tony Ferguson with a nightly dose of crazy.

A first look at the next preliminary match ups for PFL:

Some might consider it a low blow, but going after Donald Cerrone’s sponsors is certainly a smart way for Diego Sanchez to fire back at “Cowboy.”

We all gotta do, what we all gotta do.

Slips, rips, and KO clips

Side kick to the throat is underrated.

UFC debuts don’t get much better than Michael Chandler’s first-round drubbing of Dan Hooker.

Referring back to the PFL tweet above, Ospanov is fighting UFC veteran Chris Wade to open the event.

Random Land

A pretty neat piece of architecture:

Midnight Music: Another stone-cold classic.

Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.

PFL 4 Fight Card Announced

Anthony Pettis and Lance Palmer get a chance to turn things around at PFL 4. The Professional Fighters League continues their regular season on June 10 with the lightweights and featherweights returning to grab more points to make it to the playoffs. T…

Anthony Pettis and Lance Palmer get a chance to turn things around at PFL 4. The Professional Fighters League continues their regular season on June 10 with the lightweights and featherweights returning to grab more points to make it to the playoffs. These weight classes kicked off the season and things didn’t go everyone’s way […]

Bellator Grand Prix: The Final Four (Pic)

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Now that the dust has settled from an exciting Bellator 258 event — which went down last Friday night (May 7, 2021) — we got ourselves a clear picture of what the Light Heavyweight Grand Prix looks like.
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Now that the dust has settled from an exciting Bellator 258 event — which went down last Friday night (May 7, 2021) — we got ourselves a clear picture of what the Light Heavyweight Grand Prix looks like.

In the co-main event of the evening, Anthony Johnson punched his way to the semifinals with an impressive knockout win over late replacement Jose Augusto, who gave “Rumble” everything he could handle on the opening round. Johnson — ranked No. 4 — will now face division champion Vadim Nemkov in the next round. So not only is a spot to the finals on the line, but Johnson could also become the new Heavyweight champ.

of course, there is no telling if Johnson will face some sort of internal suspension/punishment from Bellator that could affect his standing in the tournament following the news of his arrest shortly after his win.

More on that here.

In the other semifinal match up, former training partners-turned rivals Ryan Bader and Corey Anderson will face off against one another for the chance to compete for the $1 million jackpot at the end of rainbow. Both of those fights are set to go down sometime in July, with the finale going down in October.

Check out the latest updated bracket below:


You know the players, care to offer up a prediction (or three) as to who you think will be the last two men competing for it all this October?

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