Conor McGregor the only UFC fighter to make the Forbes highest paid list

Conor McGregor is all about the money, proclaiming himself important enough to UFC to hold a stake in the business.

While that might be true – and the pay-per-view statistics for 2016 suggest it is – he’s still a long way behind many of his fellow athletes in terms of earning power.

The Dubliner is ranked 85th in Forbes’ 100 highest paid athletes of 2016 list – a whole 69 places below Floyd Mayweather and 22 below Manny Pacquiao, although The Notorious does come in seven places above Canelo Alvarez.

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It’s worth noting that McGregor is the only MMA fighter to make the list – and his $22 million in earnings puts him just below top Premier League earners Eden Hazard and Bastian Schweinsteiger.

The 28-year-old took $18 million in wages/winnings from UFC in 2016, according to Forbes, with a further $4 million coming from endorsements.

Cristiano Ronaldo is the world’s highest paid athlete with a huge $88 million in 2016 – $56 million of which came through wages – followed by Lionel Messi who amassed $81.4 million in earnings.

Lewis Hamilton sits 11th, Rory McIlroy 17th, with Neymar, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Gareth Bale, Usain Bolt, Serena Williams and Wayne Rooney also in the top 50.

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