Dana: UFC 229 Could Get 2.5 Million Buys
With the UFC heading towards the biggest event of 2018, and quite possibly in company history, Dana White believes UFC 229 will outpace its previous record.
As a guest on ESPN’s Get Up on Thursday, White said that the showdown between Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov for the UFC lightweight title may break the prior record by one million buys.
“It’s massive,” White told ESPN.
“There has been a lot of talk about this thing doing 2 million buys. We’re trending right now at 2.5 million buys so that’s how big this fight is. The biggest fight we’d ever done was Diaz vs. McGregor at almost 1.6 million pay-per-view buys. Then we did the Floyd Mayweather fight. And now this by far is the biggest fight and one of the biggest fights ever in combat sports to be honest with you.”
White has conceded that with that level of success, there are some concessions that need to be made for the behavior of Conor McGregor
“Conor works very well with us. We work well with him. There’s certain things you have to deal with Conor McGregor but he’s worth it. For example, the New York thing. The fact he thought he could come here and have this beef with Khabib in the middle of New York City and the way that it was done that was obviously the craziest thing. Normal, typical stuff for Conor is showing up an hour late for press conferences,” he explained.
“I said this might be the last time you see Conor McGregor when you make his kind of money. He loves to fight. The reality is this — when you make a lot of money when you haven’t had money — you go out and buy a bunch of things, you take care of your family and do some fun stuff but it gets old real quick. It took Conor two years and here we are.”
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