Conor McGregor is predicting a bumper payday for himself on his return to the octagon at UFC 246.
McGregor is a box office sensation and is by far and away the biggest attraction MMA has ever seen so his return is causing much excitement.
His last five fights are the most-purchased UFC pay-per-views of all-time, while his boxing match against Floyd Mayweather in 2017 earned him between $80m and $100m.
And McGregor is expecting another box office smash this weekend.
Speaking to Ariel Helwani in a deep-diving interview, he was asked how much he is expecting to make in his comeback fight and he responded: “I’m estimating about $80 million (£61m).
“We’ve got Australia, Canada, England and Ireland… it should be a good one.
[For Khabib Nurmagomedov] I made $50 million. They think I’m toast, Ariel, but I’m still the bread!”
UFC president Dana White did not deny this the figure McGregor would receive for his night’s work, saying: “Listen, Conor is a massive superstar in this sport and he’s a phenomenon. The kid has been making big money since the day he stepped in,..
“From day one, since he fought he started to go (up). Nothing has changed. Obviously, he needs a win and it’s a big deal for him to get back here and win this fight.”
If McGregor can overcome a very credible challenger in Cerrone, there are even bigger – and more – lucrative fights ahead for him in 2020.
BMF title holder Jorge Masvidal and the second instalment in his blood feud with Khabib are potential options next.
McGregor’s net worth could well treble this year should he achieve his ambitions.
Since starting in UFC in 2013, he is amassed a fortune of $99million, according to Forbes.
He has endorsed brands such as Burger King and Beats by Dre and has also founded his popular Irish whisky distiller Proper No. Twelve.
McGregor posted on social media recently that his spirit has sold in huge numbers, saying: “Over $1b generated in Whiskey sales in my first year! Like it or not, there is a new King in town! Proper Whiskey, liquid sunshine!”