Conor McGregor’s eagerly anticipated return to the UFC to fight undefeated Russian Khabib Nurmagomedov is set to smash the pay-per-view record with a predicted sale of two million, according to a report on CNBC.
The Irishman’s last UFC bout back in 2016 against Eddie Alvarez produced approximately 1.3 million pay-per-view sales.
But that figure is expected to increase further as McGregor and current lightweight champion Khabib prepare to clash in the Octagon on 6th October.
Both fighters are determined to prove that they are the worthy lightweight champion, especially McGregor after he had his belt taken off him due to inactivity in the sport for a lengthy period of time.
This is the fight that MMA fans have been praying for over the last year and UFC chief Dana White is delighted that both fighters have struck an agreement for what he believes will be the “biggest fight in the history of the company”.
When asked to estimate the amount of PPV sales, White said:
In the 2 million ballpark. We’re looking at 2 million pay-per-view buys.
Both fighters have often entered into a war of words on social media but they will get to settle their differences in Las Vegas later this year.
McGregor earned a reported $100m from his boxing bout with Floyd Mayweather and he will be expecting another huge income from this fight with Khabib.