Conor McGregor predicts UFC 264 will set PPV document: ‘That is the expectation’
Conor McGregor has been a part of the most important fights and occasions in UFC historical past. On Saturday, he anticipates the usual can be raised as soon as once more.
McGregor (22-5 MMA, 10-3 UFC) has headlined the three highest-selling UFC pay-per-view occasions to this point, however none of these have had the backstory of his UFC 264 headliner with Dustin Poirier (27-6 MMA, 19-5 UFC). It’s simply the 14th trilogy combat in firm historical past and is being touted as the most important card of the 12 months.
In response to reviews, the rematch between Poirier and McGregor from UFC 257 in January – which “The Diamond” gained by second-round TKO – bought 1.6 million models. That trails solely McGregor’s combat with Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 in October 2019 for the best promoting in firm historical past.
UFC 264, which takes place at T-Cell Area in Las Vegas, seems poised to rival the all-time document. McGregor, a former two-division UFC champion who’s arguably the most important star within the sport’s historical past, is setting the bar excessive.
He thinks it’s doable that a brand new benchmark is about, surpassing the present document of roughly 2.4 million.
“I’ll break information on the PPV,” McGregor instructed Rolling Stone. “I do know that’s the expectation. I’ve been in massive fights earlier than, and it’s at all times electrical, and this one will most likely be the most important to this point. Having followers there this time goes so as to add much more to the ambiance. So, I’m really so excited, and I’m going to placed on a present.”
UFC president Dana White shares McGregor’s optimism in regards to the magnitude of UFC 264. Battle week hasn’t even hit its peak with the Poirier vs. McGregor press convention or closing weigh-in faceoff, however White claims the occasion is already trending off the charts.
“Saturday night time goes to be f*cking insane,” White instructed MMA Junkie. “Most celebrities ever at an occasion within the final 20 years, extra pre-buys ever. All of you on the market, if you understand that you just’re going to look at the combat on Saturday night time, purchase it now. Don’t wait till Saturday when 3 million different individuals are attempting to do it and you’ve got a tough time getting it in. Now we have essentially the most pre-buys ever proper now and imagine me, go to ESPN+ and do it now.”
If McGregor and White are correct of their evaluation, will probably be a massively profitable night time for everybody concerned. Poirier didn’t obtain a reduce of the pay-per-view for the UFC 257 rematch, however he’ll for the trilogy combat.