Despite reports stating the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor boxing match came up short in breaking the all-time pay-per-view (PPV) record after UFC president Dana White was adamant the boxing match pulled 6.5 million buys, the brash head honcho is doubling down on his claim.
This time, however, he’s adding a few more buys to the total.
“The thing ended up doing 6.7 million pay-per-view buys globally,” said White on The Unnamed Podvideocast. “How about this, we broke the record in Australia, we broke the record in the U.K. at four in the morning. We broke the record in Spain, Canada and the United States.”
“We broke that record, too, the most pirated fight of all time,” he said with a laugh. “Social media, the highest betting fight ever in the history of Las Vegas,” he added.
What? You thought a couple of bad cable carriers were going to hurt Showtime and Ultimate Fighting Championship’s (UFC) pockets?
McGregor reportedly banked roughly $100 million, while Mayweather was set to bring in another huge payday to the tune of $300 million.
As far as Conor’s return to action, White says “Notorious” is still aiming to return by the end of the year, which means we could see him defend his Lightweight title against interim title holder, Tony Ferguson, at UFC 219 on Dec. 30, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
It’s all a part of McGregor’s plan, according to White, to rake in a few more big paydays in order to become Forbe’s Highest Paid Athlete.