The Notorious Conor McGregor likes records, and he just regained another one by earning a $3 million payday for showing at UFC 202, according to MMA Fighting. McGregor originally set the record at UFC 196, the first bout between McGregor and Nate Diaz, with a $1 million payday. That fight, which took place in March, was the first time a fighter was guaranteed a seven-figure payday in UFC history.
Since then the record was broken by Brock Lesnar, who earned $2.5 million for his return to the Octagon at UFC 200 when he defeated Mark Hunt. That bout has become marred by Lesnar's failed drug tests before and at the event.
For Diaz's part in the bout, he will earn a $2 million payday, which doubles what McGregor made from their first bout. More importantly, it quadruples the $500,000 payday Diaz got at UFC 196.
Neither Diaz nor McGregor will get a win bonus, but they could get performance bonuses and pay-per-view kickbacks that are not reported. For instance, McGregor boasted this week that he is getting a $10 million pay day.
It is also worth noting that Diaz suggested he renegotiated for more money once the bout was pulled from UFC 200 because McGregor skipped a press conference. McGregor and Diaz both stood to gain more by being the main event for UFC 200, which did huge pay-per-view numbers and would've done more with that bout on the card.
The paydays trump the money the co-main event fighters at UFC 202 are getting. Anthony Johnson is getting $135,000 to show and another $135,000 to win. His opponent, Glover Teixeira, is getting $65,000 to show and another $65,000 to win.