“Cowboy” Cerrone Sheds Light on Earnings from McGregor Fight

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In a revealing interview with Rodeo Time, UFC veteran Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone disclosed the financial details of his highly anticipated bout against Conor McGregor in January 2020. The welterweight clash, part of UFC 246: McGregor vs Cowboy, concluded swiftly as McGregor secured a victory just 40 seconds into the first round. Despite the event’s massive popularity, selling over a million PPVs, Cerrone emphasized that his payout did not include any share of the PPV revenue.

Instead, he was compensated with a flat fee of $200,000—equivalent to roughly 2 million SEK—as stipulated by his existing eight-fight contract with the UFC. Cerrone’s comments debunked widespread speculation that he had earned a fortune from the fight, expressing contentment with his contract terms yet highlighting the misconception about the financial windfall from facing McGregor.

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Throughout his tenure, Cerrone faced a series of challenging bouts, culminating in his retirement following a loss to Jim Miller at UFC 276 on July 2, 2022. His journey underscores the gritty reality of professional MMA fighters, where not all headline fights yield financial bonanzas, contrary to popular belief.

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