Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has a couple of blockbuster pay-per-view (PPV) cards on tap for this summer, starting with UFC 200: "Cormier vs. Jones 2" next month in Las Vegas, Nevada, and continuing with UFC 202: "Diaz vs. McGregor 2" popping off this August, also in "Sin City."
Which is bigger?
That all depends on how you view the star power of each card. For Daniel Cormier, who rematches Jon Jones with their light heavyweight titles on the line, UFC 200 will be the biggest show in history, simply because no other mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter can match the mass appeal of Brock Lesnar, not even the mighty Conor McGregor.
"DC" elaborates to ESPN:
"I think UFC 200 will undoubtedly be the most successful pay-per-view in UFC history. You have nine former or current UFC champions on the card. You have one of the fights just to start, the first fight of the night, might be either Diego Sanchez vs. Joe Lauzon or Takanori Gomi vs. Jim Miller. These are sick fights, and they're the ones who are opening the curtain. T.J. Dillashaw is on the card against Raphael Assuncao. Cat Zingano vs. Julianna Pena, two fireballs. And then when the main card starts, Cain Velasquez, who has been in the main event of every fight card he's been on for the last six years, is fighting to open the night against Travis Browne. How sick is that? The return of Brock Lesnar. Conor McGregor is a massive star in the UFC, as is Nate Diaz, but I can't imagine people would say that Brock isn't the biggest star UFC has ever seen."
Well, one person might say this star blows them both out of the water.
Lesnar shattered box office records with his UFC 100 title fight against Frank Mir in 2009 and is probably the only fighter who can send Georges St-Pierre to the co-main event. The WWE import stumbled in the latter half of his Octagon career, but returns in July to throw hands with heavyweight power puncher Mark Hunt.
The impact his comeback has on the UFC 200 PPV buy rate -- as well as how it compares to that of UFC 202 -- remains to be seen.
What's your best guess?