How much will he be paid this time? In March, McGregor famously revealed to CNBC he would "breeze past" $10 million once he got his cut of pay-per-view revenues. The league is hoping UFC 202 will bring in even more PPV money, even as ESPN reports some tickets to the actual event are going unsold inside the new T-Mobile Arena. "I don't show up for a fight for a reduction, so most certainly I will make more money for this fight," he told us.
At the same time, McGregor suspects the crowd in Vegas will be hostile. Fewer fans from Ireland are making the trip. "There are many reasons why a lot of the Irish couldn't make it this time," McGregor said. "I mean, the (UFC) 200 debacle, when I was pulled from the card at the last minute when many of my fans back home had purchased tickets. Then the European championships, then the Olympics. It's been a busy summer."
McGregor said losing to Diaz has not injured him financially outside the Octagon. His image still pops up on advertisements around Dublin. "As long as you show up, fight, compete, perform, bring in the numbers, the fans respect that, everyone respects that."
Whatever happens Saturday, McGregor stands out as a success story in a sport where he admitted, "It's very hard to get out of this game alive. Nobody exits the game unscathed."
So when asked about a new effort to unionize UFC fighters, McGregor said he might consider getting involved. "If it is presented correctly to me, maybe I will help spearhead something like that, but right now I'm focused on the McGregor business, and that is UFC 202 this Saturday."