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Former two weight champion McGregor made his return to action on Saturday, after just over a year out of action following his win against Donald Cerrone in January 2020.
The Notorious suffered his first ever knockout defeat when Poirier got revenge for his 2014 loss to the Irishman by stopping him in the second round.
Despite the loss, McGregor was extremely humble in his post fight interview in the octagon and continued that when he met up with Poirier after their press conferences.
Perhaps a big boost in his bank balance, despite the loss, is what's keeping the Irishman grounded, as he reportedly earned a quite ridiculous £40,000-a-second during the fight.
According to Forbes, the 32-year-old was guaranteed £3.65 million just for turning up for the fight, before any pay-per-view sales were added.
The PPV numbers should boost his earnings to around £18 million, which would actually be less than he got for his win over Cerrone last time out.
With the fight lasting just 452 seconds, or seven minutes and 32 seconds, it would equate to the £40,000-a-second figure.
Poirier on the other hand earned just £700,000 on Saturday night for his appearance on the card, although that will obviously be bumped up by the pay-per-view sales.
The Diamond also earned an extra $50,000 for picking up one of the Performance of the Night bonuses, as did Michael Chandler who made an impressive UFC debut.
Before Saturday night McGregor had earned an impressive $45 million during his UFC career, simply for turning up and not including his pay-per-view numbers.
The Irishman has really boosted the ppv figures during his time in the promotion. According to Tapology, he has the top five best selling shows in the company's history, so it's no wonder Dana White keeps putting his fights behind the paywall.
McGregor's fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov is the highest selling show in UFC history, with a 2,4000,000 buy rate and it's unlikely the Poirier fight will beat that.
Only a rematch between the Irishman and the Russian is likely to get close to that, although the latest loss for the Notorious could stop that, but Khabib is unlikely to come out of retirement.
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