UFC 202’s much talked about rematch between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz is reported to have broken the promotion’s pay-per-view sales record.
That’s the word according to mmafighting.com’s Guy Meltzer who has estimated that the event did in the region of 1,650,000 pay-per-view buys.
if true, that would just beat out the previous high mark of 1,600,000 set at UFC 196 for the first encounter between McGregor and Diaz earlier this year, with UFC 100 back in 2009 also having delivered a similar number.
The UFC had originally hoped to beat their previous record with their UFC 200 show in July, but the fact that they pulled McGregor Vs Diaz II from that line-up and also lost another key rematch in Jones Vs Cormier II dented it’s drawing power, though they still managed a very strong 1,200,000 buy rate on that occasion.
Interest in the UFC 202 event reached fever pitch just days before the event when Diaz and McGregor were involved in chaotic scenes at the pre-fight press conference, with the two stars hurling bottles and cans across the room at each other.
With McGregor going on to win the fight to even the secore between the two rivals for now, a money-spinning trilogy fight at some stage in the future is inevitable.