Conor McGregor recently estimated he would make $80 million for his fight vs. Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone at UFC 246 on Saturday. UFC president Dana White was asked about the figure during an interview with The Mac Life, and declined to offer a clear yup or nope.
“Listen, Conor is a massive superstar in this sport and he’s a phenomenon," said White, as transcribed by Adam Guillen Jr. for MMA Mania. "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.”
White also commented on fan speculation that McGregor's popularity has taken a hit due to a series of unfortunate out-of-the-cage incidents.
“When you talk about people who say they have ‘insight’ into the business and say all these things, they are all full of s***,” said White. “None of them know what they are talking about. And literally none of them know anything about this business. Not one.
“We knew what the Conor fight would do. We are the ones who set the ticket prices and all the things that go along with the business. Conor’s coming in here and pulling a $10.6 million gate and the fight is off the charts. As far as ESPN, and what’s going on there with PPV and everything else, everything is as usual.”