Khabib vs. McGregor shatters UFC PPV record

By David McGrath, MMATorch Contributor

Conor McGregor at UFC 229 press conference (Photo Credit: Noah K. Murray © USA Today Sports)

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Conor McGregor is the undisputed king of pay per view for the UFC.

According to Dave Meltzer of MMA Fighting, UFC 229 this past weekend did close to 2.4 million buys. Buys on traditional pay-per-view through cable and satellite providers are said to be around 1.9 million with an additional 470,000 to 480,000 more buys through online orders. The 2.4 million buy mark between the two would smash the previous mark held by McGregor also, in his much-anticipated rematch with Nate Diaz at UFC 202 in August 2016. McGregor now has headlined the top 3 UFC pay per views in terms of buys in the 25-year history of the company.

Considering the post-fight insanity, one would have to assume that the rematch, if booked would do even bigger business. The world was watching the first time, 2.4 million buys speaks to that. Now, the world is talking. My guess is that it happens in 2019.

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