Joe Rogan questions Conor McGregor’s ranking as world’s highest-paid athlete

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Joe Rogan has questioned Conor McGregor’s ranking as the world’s highest paid athlete on the latest episode of his Joe Rogan Experience podcast.

McGregor was named the world’s highest paid athlete by Forbes earlier this year, pipping Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, and NFL star Dak Prescott to the top spot.

While Messi, Ronaldo, and Prescott all made the majority of their earnings on the field, McGregor made nearly 90% of his fortune from his off-the-field endeavours.

These included the sale of his Proper No 12 whiskey brand, reportedly flogged for $600m (£440m), as well as brand endorsement deals with fantasy sports company DraftKings and lifestyle brand Roots of Fight.

Since receiving the accolade, McGregor has been outspoken in his celebrations, telling Forbes how proud he was of the achievement.

“I put my heart and soul into it, and it’s paid off,” the Irishman explained.

“I know a lot of these athletes on this list, you know, they make so much from their sport, so much from their endorsements.

“I’m probably the complete opposite. I’m an outlier. I’m a disrupter.”

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However, one man who is less convinced about McGregor’s achievement is Joe Rogan.

On the latest episode of his Joe Rogan Experience podcast, via The Mirror, the UFC commentator and comedian explained that while he respected McGregor’s enormous earnings, he wasn’t sure about the legitimacy of his position atop of the rankings.

“Yeah, but does it count? Because Conor’s highest paid because he made a bunch of money off of whiskey.

“Well, I mean, it’s kind of he’s the highest paid athlete.”

McGregor has yet to respond to Rogan.

However, if his latest outbursts on Twitter are anything to go off, he will surely have something to say in reply.

The Irishman most recently came to blows with fellow UFC icon Michael Bisping, after the Englishman criticised McGregor’s comments about UFC commentator Daniel Cormier.

After hearing Bisping’s slightly unflattering comments, McGregor took to Twitter and claimed he had made a fortune in commission from the Count’s fights as the pair are managed by the same company.

Bisping responded in brutal fashion and claimed, “Don’t know what’s getting deleted quicker. His tweets or his legacy."

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