According to UFC President Dana White, Saturday night’s Mayweather Vs McGregor event has obliterated the current pay-per-view record and far exceeded even their own lofty expectations.
Snoop Dogg and Urijah Faber’s jaw’s collectively dropped to the floor during a live stream yesterday when White revealed that their early indication is that the must-see PPV event was bought by a staggering 6.5 million people.
That beats out the previous record of 4.6 million buys set by Mayweather Vs Pacquiao two years ago by a country mile and if true would surely confirm that when all is said and done Conor McGregor will walk away with over $100 million from this one fight, while Mayweather could be on course to bank several times as much.
There is a potential snag however, as last night White also penned a statement confirming that the UFC will be offering refunds to fans who were unable to watch the event due to technical issues at UFC.com caused by the unprecedented level of demand for the PPV stream.
Still, they could afford to drop close to two million PPV buys (which would seem unlikely) and still break the record, so by anyone’s measure the event was a massive win for all concerned, and the icing on the cake is that unlike Mayweather Vs Pacquiao, the main event actually delivered and has only appears to have enhanced both fighters reputation.
With that in mind, will the UFC now become more receptive to the idea of more MMA vs. boxing crossover fights?
On Saturday night White had indicated that he hoped they would be one-and-done, but if there is another chance to put McGregor in the ring at some stage in the future, perhaps in a grudge match against Paulie Malignaggi, then it’s hard to see the head honchos at Zuffa turning their backs on the kind of numbers that would generate.