Dave Meltzer of MMAFighting and Wrestling Observer Newsletter has revealed the reported the early estimates for the UFC 229 pay-per-view buy-rate.
The current high-mark for the UFC and MMA overall is held by UFC 202: Diaz vs. McGregor II, which managed to bring in 1.65 million buys – beating the original record of 1.6 million.
Meltzer reports that the early estimates for UFC 229 have absolutely smashed the current record – by a number as great as 800,000.
“Early estimates are more than 2,350,000 buys, with the expectation the number will top 2.4 million.
“1.9 million when it comes to traditional PPV, and around 470,000 to 480,000 estimated on streaming buys.”
If this is, in fact, the case, it will place UFC 229 as the fourth highest selling pay-per-view event in combat sports history – losing out to only De La Hoya/Mayweather, Mayweather/McGregor and Mayweather/Pacquiao.
It also means that McGregor was able to bring in a greater number of PPV buys that the nine other UFC PPV events this year combined.
UFC 229: Khabib vs. McGregor – 2,400,000
UFC 226: Miocic vs. Cormier – 380,000
UFC 220: Miocic vs. Ngannou – 380,000
UFC 223: Nurmagomedov vs. Iaquinta – 350,000
UFC 227: Dillashaw vs. Garbrandt II – 300,000
UFC 222: Cyborg vs. Kunitskaya – 260,000
UFC 225: Whittaker vs. Romero – 250,000
UFC 228: Woodley vs. Till – 130,000
UFC 221: Romero vs. Rockhold – 130,000
UFC 224: Nunes vs. Pennington – 85,000
He may have lost, but the drawing power of Conor McGregor continues to astonish.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena