Two weeks out from the landmark UFC 205 card in Madison Square Garden, the star power of Conor McGregor and the promotion’s much-anticipated debut in New York is already breaking records, according to UFC president Dana White.
Speaking on a Fox Sports 1 show on Friday night, White claimed that UFC 205’s stacked card has already broken the previous gate record for the iconic venue, but refused to give a definitive number.
A boxing match between Evander Holyfield and Lennox Lewis almost 20 years ago currently tops the bill, bringing in a gate of $13.5 million. If true, the megacard will be the biggest gate in the promotion’s history, surpassing the $12,075,000 gate from 2011’s UFC 129 in Toronto.
“I wanted to make sure when we went to New York, we delivered,” White said (via MMAFighting).
“It’s the biggest, baddest card we’ve ever done in the history of the company.”
UFC 205 is certainly deserving of its future success, with three title fights taking place and a plethora of other high profile bouts further down the card.
Those in attendance will no doubt shift their eyes towards the main event, which will feature a lightweight title showdown between Eddie Alvarez and Conor McGregor. If the Dubliner manages to get his hand raised, he’ll become the first fighter in UFC history to hold two division titles simultaneously.
As expected, McGregor is the driving force behind the event given his financial success in prior events, and while he can be a handful for White, he believes it’s “worth it”.
“He’s a little tough to deal with, but he’s worth it,” White said.
“All the other antics and everything aside, Conor McGregor will step up and fight anybody, anywhere, any time.
“I’ve never been in a situation where somebody pulls out the week before a fight and he literally does not care who he fights.”
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UFC 205 takes place on November 12 at the Madison Square Garden arena in New York.
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