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White says UFC 205 has broken MSG gate record

UFC president Dana White, center, speaks during a press conference for the upcoming UFC 205, Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, in New York. UFC 205 will be held in New York City on Nov. 12, 2016, the first UFC card in New York after the state legislature legalized the sport in New York state earlier this year. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
(AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

The UFC will surely make its presence felt when it finally arrives in the state of New York Nov. 12. Bringing with it one of the biggest fight cards in the company’s history, Dana White says UFC 205 has already broken the gate record at Madison Square Garden.

“I wanted to make sure when we went to New York, we delivered,” White told FOX Sports 1 prior to Game 3 of the World Series Friday¬†(h/t MMA Fighting).

“It’s the biggest, baddest card we’ve ever done in the history of the company.”

While White did not specify the exact figure, surpassing the previous record would mean it outsold the 1999 heavyweight boxing match between Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield. That bout drew 21,284 people for a total of $13.5 million.

What this also means is the UFC has broken its company gate record, as well. Previously held by UFC 129 in 2011, the Toronto pay-per-view brought in more than 55,000 people and just over $12 million.

UFC 205 is headlined by lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez and featherweight champion Conor McGregor, the latter of whom continues to be the most popular fighter in the sport.

“He’s a little tough to deal with, but he’s worth it,” White said. “All the other antics and everything aside, Conor McGregor will step up and fight anybody, anywhere, any time. I’ve never been in a situation where somebody pulls out the week before a fight and he literally does not care who he fights.”

The MSG card also features two other title fights, including welterweight champion Tyron Woodley and strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk.

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