UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor isn’t only predicting what round he plans to knock out Eddie Alvarez in at November’s UFC 205, the confident Irishman is also predicting the event will break pay-per-view records.
The 28-year-old has become the UFC’s biggest draw in the absence of former women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, with his name already attached to three events inside the top 4 best selling pay-per-views in the promotion’s history.
His most recent skirmish with Nate Diaz at UFC 202 narrowly beat the long-standing record set by UFC 100, bringing in a total 1,650,000 buys.
Never content on going backwards, McGregor expects to break PPV records once again at UFC 205 and recently told MMAJunkie by how much.
“I’m almost certain we’re talking the 2-million mark,
“I feel it will break the 2-million mark. That’s what I’d like, and then go from there.”
UFC 205 will prove to be a historic night as McGregor attempts to become the first UFC fighter to hold two division titles simultaneously when he faces lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez.
Furthermore, the event will see the promotion return to New York following a long battle to make the sport legal in the state. McGregor believes the setting and stacked card is more than enough to tip past the 2-million buys mark.
“(On breaking the record) 100 percent – I think the money is there,
“For UFC 202, they backed it with no money. UFC 200 is where the advertising dollars went.
“UFC 202 broke the pay-per-view record with very little push. A very, very weak undercard. Now you have me, you have New York, you have history and you have many factors. They’re pushing the advertising dollars on it.”
The main card will also feature another two title fights, as Tyron Woodley defends his welterweight belt against Stephen Thompson and Joanna Jedrzejczyk puts her women’s strawweight belt on the line against Karolina Kowalkiewicz.
UFC 205 takes place on November 12th at Madison Square Garden arena in New York.
James McDonald, Pundit Arena