Conor McGregor is planning yet another business venture which will ensure he has no shortage of activities when he calls time on his Octagon career.
The UFC superstar is planning to open an international pub chain after buying and renovating Dublin's Black Forge Inn at a cost of €3million (£2.6m).
The Irishman already heads fashion brand 'August McGregor' with designer David August, founded Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey in 2018 and developed the McGregor Fast training programme.
While McGregor returns to the cage next month to face Dustin Poirier in a trilogy fight at UFC 264, he has declared the Black Forge is "just the beginning" of his foray into the hospitality world.
"With the enjoyment I have had, and am having throughout this whole process, I definitely feel this is only the beginning for me as a publican," the 32-year-old told The Sunday Business Post .
"Ireland’s public houses are renowned worldwide and it is a great honour to have my own representation now in the mix. I will explore other venues across Ireland and overseas for sure.
"I am passionate about hospitality and entertaining, and with the Black Forge I am only beginning."
McGregor bought the Black Forge Inn, which is based in his hometown suburb of Crumlin, last year for £1.5million.
He has since added a second venue to his portfolio, snapping up the Marble Arch in the Dublin suburb of Drimnagh for a similar fee.
That is the same pub where he assaulted a customer in 2019 and was subsequently fined €1,000 (£860) by Dublin District Court.
McGregor was named the world's highest-paid athlete by Forbes last month, beating the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to the accolade.
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He is believed to have pocketed £106million from selling his stake in Proper No. Twelve to Proximo Spirits this year, while he earned a cool £16million from his defeat by Poirier in January.
Reacting to his vast earnings in a conversation on Twitter, McGregor wrote: "Thank you! I appreciate the message greatly, it means a lot!
"I know many young aspiring athletes from Ireland will take massive inspiration from this, as well as their supporting parents, and that fills with me pride!
"Onwards and upwards for the Emerald Isle of Ireland."
He also told Forbes : "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."
McGregor's net worth in 2021 is estimated at over £170million and is sure to be added to with another lucrative purse at UFC 264 on 10 July.
The former two-division champion earned over £15million from his second bout with the American.
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