Despite a decisive submission loss to Nate Diaz in his most recent appearance, it appears that trash-talking Featherweight champion, Conor McGregor, remains the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Golden Goose. "Notorious" is gearing up to rematch Diaz in the five-round, non-title Welterweight pay-per-view (PPV) main event of UFC 202, which takes place this Saturday night (Aug. 20, 2016) inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. And it appears as though the Irishman still has the Midas touch at the box office.
"I do [think it will break the all-time PPV record] — it’s trending that way," company president Dana White recently revealed during and appearance on 'The Herd.' "These guys broke the record last time — and it looked like UFC 200 was going to break their record — then Jon Jones fell out. It looks like these guys will break the record again."
Nonetheless, the admission essentially confirms that UFC 196 earlier this year, which is when Diaz strangled McGregor on short notice, out-performed UFC 100, the previous high-water mark for the promotion that tallied 1.6 million in PPV receipts back in 2009. McGregor boasted as much, but at the time it was nearly impossible to confirm because UFC keeps actual PPV numbers close to its vest.
It looks like "Mystic Mac" might be right again. In fact, based on various outside circumstances, including international sporting events and Irish fans tapped out from the UFC 200 debacle, "McGregor vs. Diaz 2" could potentially soar past the 2 million-mark as supporters flock to television sets (just not Fight Pass) to witness the must-watch action firsthand.
For the sake of comparison, check out the top-selling UFC PPV's of all-time below (estimates):
1. UFC 196 -- Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz (1,900,000 PPV buys)
2. UFC 100 -- Brock Lesnar vs. Frank Mir (1,600,000 PPV buys)
3. UFC 194 -- Jose Aldo vs. Conor McGregor (1,200,00 PPV buys)
4. UFC 116 -- Brock Lesnar vs. Shane Carwin (1,160,000 PPV buys)
5. UFC 193 -- Ronda Rousey vs. Holly Holm (1,100,000 PPV buys)
Remember that MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 202 fight card on fight night, starting with the Fight Pass "Prelims" matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. ET, and then the remaining undercard balance on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET.
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