Although MMA has just one leader, the boxing fighters add 5 people to the list of the 100 most popular athletes in the world that ESPN has just revealed.
When it comes to Conor McGregor, for someone who has never seen MMA before, there is a strong likelihood that he or she would know the name of the Irish celebrity.
ESPN has drawn up the above list by measuring the number of athletes requesting information, the number of supporters in the media and the revenue for the year of the 600 athletes, until the rest of the list collapses.
The fact that Conor McGregor hasn’t played a single MMA game in the last two years has not weakened his success.
Even with the UFC 223 bus attack, Conor McGregor ‘s name has “jumped” from 25th in 2017 to 18th in the list of the 100 most popular athletes in the world revealed by ESPN.
After a billion dollar match, the bus assault fiasco at the UFC 223 press conference made Conor McGregor ‘s name more popular.
According to ESPN, Conor McGregor has just $9 million in earnings relative to the 12 million total of all the athletes on the list.
If the athletes have just 35 knowledge check points, Conor has 172 points
The popular argument among boxers on the list of the 100 most successful athletes in the world is that even though their salary is comparatively low, their search engine and follower numbers are incredibly high compared to their counterparts in other sports.
Floyd Mayweather, with a billion dollar match with the potential to “shift pitch” to MMA, leapt to 14th place and this year became the most searched.
British striker Anthony Joshua is ranked 46th and is expected to climb in the rankings next year as a result of a positive Super Heavy Match with Deontay Wilder.