The self proclaimed “King of UFC” is now firmly planted at the top of the mountain.
Conor McGregor, easily the UFC’s biggest draw and money maker, can now claim to own the most sold pay-per-view in UFC history. His rematch with Nate Diaz at UFC 202 garnered a record 1.65 million buys, narrowly edging out their first fight from UFC 196 back in March. Their initial bout broke a seven year record (held by UFC 100 in 2009) when it sold 1.6 million buys, meaning that McGregor-Diaz fights now sit at numbers one and two on the all-time list.
McGregor has become the biggest name in the sport in the wake of Jon Jones’ legal problems, Ronda Rousey’s surprise loss last November, and the aging of previous stars like Anderson Silva. The trash talking Diaz, with his brash personality and profanity laced interviews, certainly helped draw his fair share of those PPV buys. With McGregor and Diaz splitting their first two fights, the obvious next step is a big money rubber match to end the trilogy.
Diaz says he plans to wait for that third fight, while UFC president Dana White has insisted that McGregor move back down to 145 pounds and defend the featherweight title. For his part, McGregor has been suspiciously quiet on what his next move will be.