UFC 246 Post-Fight Press Conference video

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Following Saturday’s UFC 246 pay-per-view event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, the big winners and marquee names fielded questions from the media during the event’s post-fight press conference.  Hear from Conor McGregor and UFC president Dana White, among others. 

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UFC 246 fighter salaries: Conor McGregor towers over the event and the fighter payroll

Conor McGregor Irish Flag at UFC 246

UFC 246 was littered with outstanding performances and fantastic finishes, but perhaps none so spectacular as the return of Conor McGregor, who reenforced his position as the top draw in the mixed martial arts world.

While McGregor would easily have been forgiven for a slow start to shake off more than a year’s worth of ring rust, he didn’t so much as have to brush the dust off of his sleeve.

McGregor stormed the Octagon and Cerrone, leaving Cowboy in a heap just 40 seconds into the opening round of the UFC 246 main event.

The Irishman said before the event that he believed he’d earn somewhere in the neighborhood of $80 million from this fight when all was said and done. That’s always difficult to track, particularly when we don’t know all the various income streams to which he was referring.

McGregor did, however, top the UFC 246 list of fighter salaries at $3 million. He’ll certainly earn quite a bit more than that when pay-per-view points are added to the equation, but that number isn’t publicly disclosed.

Cerrone and his former teammate, UFC 246 co-main eventer Holly Holm, fell far behind McGregor in disclosed payout, each of them earning $200,000.

The figures in the reported UFC 246 fighter salaries below represent the disclosed payroll submitted to the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Any other discretionary bonuses, pay-per-view points, etc., are not disclosed to the regulatory body and are not included here.

UFC 246: McGregor vs. Cowboy took place on Saturday, Jan. 18, at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.


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UFC 246: McGregor vs. Cowboy Fighter Salaries

  • Conor McGregor $3 million (no win bonus) def. Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone $200,000
  • Holly Holm $200,000 (includes $50,000 win bonus) def. Raquel Pennington $63,000
  • Aleksei Oleinik $150,000 (includes $75,000 win bonus) def. Maurice Greene $30,000
  • Brian Kelleher $46,000 (includes $23,000 win bonus) def. Ode Osborne $10,000
  • Diego Ferreira $100,000 (includes $50,000 win bonus) def. Anthony Pettis $155,000
  • Roxanne Modafferi $62,000 (includes $31,000 win bonus) def. Maycee Barber $29,000
  • Sodiq Yusuff $54,000 (includes $27,000 win bonus) def. Andre Fili $55,000
  • Askar Askarov $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Tim Elliott $31,000
  • Drew Dober $110,000 (includes $55,000 win bonus) def. Nasrat Haqparast $25,000
  • Aleksa Camur $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) vs. Justin Ledet $20,000
  • Sabina Mazo $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus) vs. JJ Aldrich $30,000

UFC 246 bonuses awarded to the finishers on the fight card

Conor McGregor weigh-ins tongue out

Following Saturday’s UFC 246 pay-per-view event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, the fight promotion announced the recipients of the performance-based bonuses from the fight card. Five fighters were awarded an extra $50,000.

The fight card featured 11 bouts. Five fights ended in finishes and each of those winners were awarded a bonus. Conor McGregor, Aleksei Oleinik, Brian Kelleher, Carlos Diego Ferreira, and Drew Dober earned Performance of the Night rewards. 

McGregor returned to the octagon for the first time since October 2018 in the main event against Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone. McGregor only needed 40 seconds to put Cerrone away and score his first career knockout in the welterweight division.

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Oleinik defeated Maurice Greene by submission late in the second round of their heavyweight match to bank his bonus. Kelleher finished Ode Osbourne by guillotine choke while Ferreira took out former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis via neck crank to secure their bonus checks. Dober made quick work of Nasrat Haqparast on his way to a bonus. Dober stopped Nasrat Haqparast with punches 70 seconds into their lightweight contest.

UFC 246 took place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. 19,040 spectators were in attendance for McGregor’s return generating $11,089,129.30 in gate receipts.

Nate Diaz live tweets at Conor McGregor during UFC return… and it’s hilarious

Nate Diaz UFC 244 post-fight press conference

To say that Nate Diaz is not a Conor McGregor fan is putting things mildly.

He’s fought McGregor twice, splitting the outcome, though he’d argue that he didn’t lose either fight. 

While it took McGregor just 40 seconds to dismantle Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in the UFC 246 main event on Saturday, Diaz was tweeting away during and after the fight, all the while critical of his former foe.

There’s really not much we can add to the tweets themselves, so we’ll leave it to you and Diaz…


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Following Conor McGregor’s crushing KO, Floyd Mayweather teases 2020 rematch

Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor 2 poster

UFC president Dana White has been adamant that his new partnership with Floyd Mayweather Jr. has nothing to do with a Conor McGregor rematch. Mayweather may have a different take on the situation.

After McGregor crushed Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in 40 seconds in the UFC 246 main event on Saturday, Mayweather was quick to push out a tease on his Instagram seeming to indicate he wants a rematch with McGregor in 2020.

Much like when McGregor was trying to will the first fight with Mayweather into existence, White has been denying that he’s even entertaining a rematch right now. 

“Floyd is obviously still a huge name, a huge draw. One of the biggest guys in all of boxing right now. I believe that I can add value to him. He believes he can add value to what I want to do. So we pretty much, that day at the basketball game, agreed that we should be doing business together. We’ll probably start talking this summer to get something done,” White said recently.

“Yeah (we are talking about him competing again in boxing), but I think there’s a lot of different things we could do together. But that’s definitely one of them. I think he still believes he’s a big draw. I do too. And we think that together, which we already proved, we could blow it out of the water. And we’ll try to do that again this year.”

White insisted he’s not talking about Mayweather vs. McGregor 2, “Not right now, no. That’s not even what I’m thinking right now. (Even if Conor were to commit to MMA for a while first.)”


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Following UFC 246, White remained elusive when it came to Mayweather, even when confronted with the idea that perhaps Mayweather wants the rematch now as much as McGregor does.

“Floyd is in our plans and we’re in his plans this year and we’ll end up doing something.”

Maybe it’s Mayweather’s turn to will the rematch into existence. Somehow, it doesn’t seem that it would be as much of a stretch as the first fight seemed.

Holly Holm on her UFC future following second victory over Raquel Pennington

Holly Holm UFC 246 post-fight presser

Former bantamweight champion Holly Holm fielded questions from the media following her UFC 246 unanimous decision win over Raquel Pennington during the event’s post-fight press conference.

The two previously fought at UFC 184 in February 2015 in Holm’s promotional debut. “The Preacher’s Daughter” narrowly defeated Pennington by split decision. On Saturday, she logged in a dominating performance and has her sights set on title fights.


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Dana White dropped a ton of information during the UFC 246 Post-Fight Press Conference

Dana White UFC 246 post-fight presser

UFC president Dana White was in a chatty mood at the UFC 246: McGregor vs. Cowboy post-fight press conference on Saturday night.

He spoke at length, not only about the night’s fights, but what McGregor’s return meant and he laid some solid groundwork for what we might expect for McGregor’s next fight, something he doesn’t often do. 

White’s nearly 40 minutes of answering questions became a de factor State of the UFC address by the time he was done.


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Conor McGregor confident, contemplative and content at UFC 246 Post-Fight Press Conference

Conor McGregor UFC 246 post presser

Conor McGregor emerged from more than a year out of the cage victorious at UFC 246. That was a long year for McGregor, one in which his fighting career was largely overshadowed but fumbles and stumbles outside of the cage.

He returned on Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas looking as good as he has in years. In just 40 seconds, he not only knocked out Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, McGregor also blew away much of the cloud that had been hanging over his head.

McGregor appeared confident, contemplative and content at the UFC 246 Post-Fight Press Conference, where he talked about fight week and the Cerrone bout, how he feels about his skills in the cage, and what looms next for his superstar career.


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UFC 246: Conor McGregor vs. Cowboy Cerrone recap video

UFC 246 McGregor vs Cowboy recap video

See the highlights and recap from UFC 246: McGregor vs. Cowboy from Saturday’s event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Conor McGregor returned after more than a year on the sidelines and he did so in style. The UFC’s first dual-division champion became the promotion’s first fighter to knock out an opponent in three different weight classes: featherweight, lightweight, and now, welterweight.

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