Promotional disagreements prevented Conor McGregor from competing at UFC 200, one of the biggest mixed martial arts events of the year. He will, however, get a relatively consolation prize when he headlines the UFC’s first trip to New York on Nov. 12.
Where the UFC has already had some impressive outings with UFC 196, UFC 200 and UFC 202 this year, the Irishman believes UFC 205 will top them all and hit a high benchmark
“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.”
McGregor’s latest PPV outing — a highly anticipated rematch against Nate Diaz — is projected to have broken the company’s pay-per-view record with 1.65 million buys. It was a great feat, but it wasn’t quite as high a mark as McGregor believes it could have been considering how much spotlight was given to UFC 200 just one month prior.
“[It will break the record] 100 percent — I think the money is there,” McGregor said. “For UFC 202, they backed it with no money. UFC 200 is where the advertising dollars went. UFC 202 was worth double what they spent in advertising dollars. UFC 202 broke the pay-per-view record with very little push. A very, very weak undercard. Now you have me, you have New York, you have history and you have many factors. They’re pushing the advertising dollars on it.”
McGregor, the UFC champion at 145 pounds, faces UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez in the main event at UFC 205, hoping to become the first man to hold two UFC titles at the same time.