UFC superstar Conor McGregor has already smashed the UFC’s pay-per-view record twice this year, but ‘The Notorious’ believes that his next fight with lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 on November 12th will be the biggest yet.
McGregor first claimed the PPV record at UFC 196 in March when his short notice welterweight fight with Nate Diaz delivered 1.6 million buys on PPV, while their rematch at UFC 202 in August outdid that with 1.7 million sales.
Not content with that, the featherweight champion has now set his sights on an even loftier target for his next Octagon encounter.
“I’m almost certain we’re talking the 2-million mark,” McGregor told MMAjunkie. “I feel it will break the 2-million mark. That’s what I’d like, and then go from there.”
That doesn’t sound completely out of the question given what he’s managed to achieve in the sport so far, and the fact that UFC 205 was already earmarked to be a massive show for the company to make their long awaited arrival in New York City at Madison Square Garden will only help add an extra buzz to the occasion.
The UFC have done all they can to help ensure the events success, assembling the deepest card in the history of the sport, with two other belts also being contested along with the McGregor Vs Alvarez title fight, as Tyron Woodley defends his welterweight title for the first time against Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson and woman’s bantamweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk goes up against Karolina Kowalkiewicz.
Beneath that there’s plenty of star-studded match-ups, including the likes of Chris Weidman Vs Yoel Romero, Rashad Evans Vs Tim Kennedy, Donald Cerrone Vs Kelvin Gastelum, Frankie Edgar Vs Jeremy Stephens and Miesha Tate Vs Raquel Pennington to name but a few.
That being said, McGregor is the biggest draw on the card by a country mile, and it will be interesting to see if he is able to generate the same level of hype as he has for his last two fights with Alvarez as his foil rather than Nate Diaz.