It’s quite clear that a third and final fight between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz will proceed after Saturday night’s gargantuan encounter, but in a surprising turn the fight was not the highest pay-per-view in UFC history.
However, that is not to say that the figures posted are anything but phenomenal. UFC 202 recorded 1.5 million PPV numbers in what has become the third biggest PPV in the UFC’s history, after UFC 196 and UFC 100.
Per UFC, UFC 202 was third biggest PPV in company history, behind UFC 196 and 100. In other words, McGregor + Diaz = Ca$h Money.
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) 24 August 2016
Tim Elbra points out that McGregor is now the proud owner of not just the spoils from the Diaz fight but also three of the UFC’s top five PPV’s.
UFC 196 was the highest grossing fight ahead of UFC 202 and UFC 194, which collected an impressive 1.2 million purchases.
As a result, McGregor – Diaz III will have us debating long into the night when it is announced, but there are a number of factors which could prevent a third clash between two of the UFC’s most popular figures.
Firstly, McGregor’s medical suspension due to a suspected fractured ankle has ruled the Dublin man out of contention for any fights for the foreseeable future, with the enforced ban in place for up to six months.
Additionally, there are two other fighters that McGregor could face before Diaz.
Of course, as we all know Jose Aldo is eager for a rematch of his own against McGregor having called him out over Twitter after the Diaz fight.
However, ‘The Notorious’ clearly does not see Aldo as a serious threat, and will not rush himself into another contest with the Brazilian.
“How long was I going back and forth with Jose? That must have been a two-year build up,” McGregor said.
“He pulled out last minute. I continued to fight someone else. Then we rescheduled, two year round the world deal with that boy and then he stepped in and I beat him in 13 seconds.
“It’s hard for me to get excited about that, especially after his last performance. It was a decision, he didn’t go out and get it. He didn’t go out and get it like I wanted him to get it. So I don’t know, we’ll see.”
The alternative opponent to Aldo is Eddie Alvarez, who has not been kind in his words about McGregor.
“Honestly, the first round it all looked good but I’ve said it a million times, he’s just not a championship fighter. Not a five, 5-minute round fighter. Never has been, never will be. Some guys can have the chops for it and some guys don’t.
I’ve said it from the beginning, I looked at him as a three, 5-minute round fighter and that’s where he’ll be, that’s where he should stay. I think he’s good. I think anything past 8-9 minutes it just starts to look sloppy and looks a little messy.”
Regardless of who will be facing McGregor, today’s PPV statistics certainly assure us that Dana White and the UFC will not be needing a loan after an incredible weekend.
Callum Connolly, Pundit Arena.