As the UFC 189 World Tour progresses halfway around the world, the hype and anticipation for the featherweight title fight between longtime champion Jose Aldo and bitter rival Conor McGregor is seemingly reaching its apex.
Even though the UFC 189 pay-per-view (PPV) is not set to go down until July 11, 2015 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, fight fans can hardly wait for the monumental 145-pound collision.
In fact, the demand for tickets is so high, that UFC President Dana White expects the event to sell out in record time, while achieving a $7 million gate.
His words to Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting:
"This thing is going to be the fastest selling fight ever."
"This thing is going to go in seconds. It will do a $7 million gate. When we were in Toronto, we did 65,000 seats, or 56,000, or something like that, for a $12 million gate. This is 16,000 seats, $7 million gate."
"We ain't out here spending the money cause we didn't expect it. I expected it. That was my vision: this thing was going to be the biggest fight of the year and coming off the biggest and best first quarter that this company has ever had. Ever. That is saying a lot because we've had some pretty damn good years. This first quarter was the best in this company's history."
Sounds like Dana White and Conor McGregor are cut from the same cloth, as "The Notorious" one predicted record breaking numbers for the UFC 189 PPV only days ago.
While White can sit back and enjoy the remaining legs of the World Tour knowing this fight will sell with astronomical figures, the UFC's head honcho better keep his eyes peeled in order to avoid any brawls between the Irishman and Brazilian.
With McGregor reportedly laying hands on Aldo yesterday, there is a whole lot that can go down before their July date inside the Octagon.