White’s UFC 205 Buyrate Expectations?
The hype for UFC 205 can now be considered by many to be off the charts thanks to the UFC 205 press conference on Thursday. With the antics of featherweight champions Conor McGregor, a scuffle involving him, a chair and lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez and three title bouts with lots of star power, any possible worries about the buyrate may be gone.
So what does UFC President Dana White think the pay-per-view’s buyrate is going to be like? White insists that it will not reach the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight watched by 4.4 million, but he still likes the feeling of a UFC record.
"Well, the Mayweather-Pacquiao number is ridiculous," he said. "That number was massive. Never seen anything like it. Obviously, the first time in New York — and with such a sick card — I mean, the Countdown show we did the other night on FOX did 2.4 million viewers…for a Countdown show. Embedded, the first episode did 1.3 million. The numbers are huge, so looking good."
McGregor was a part of August’s UFC 202 as one of its headliners. It’s the pay-per-view that currently holds the biggest buyrate in UFC history with 1.6 million. UFC 100 in 2009 had 1.5 million.
With such star power and history behind UFC 205, it’s anticipated to break the record.