Where Jorge Masvidal Vs. Conor McGregor Would Rank In The All-Time UFC Pay-Per-View List
Kamaru Usman vs. Masvidal generated a whopping 1.3 million buys, the biggest UFC PPV fight since Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Conor McGregor back in 2018.
'Gamebred' is now a legit draw and one of the biggest names in the sport as he flexed his star power on just six days' notice at UFC 251.
Breaking: UFC 251, headlined by Kamaru Usman-Jorge Masvidal, generated approximately 1.3 million pay-per-view buys on ESPN+, multiple sources tell The Athletic. The debut of Fight Island in Abu Dhabi produced the most UFC PPVs since Khabib-Conor in 2018https://t.co/VsiYpzK9T6
- Mike Coppinger (@MikeCoppinger) July 13, 2020
Masvidal 1.3 million buys. PPV not dead man.
- Marcos Villegas (@heyitsmarcosv) July 13, 2020
What's next for Masvidal? Well, Dana White teased a bout against McGregor - saying it would be the biggest fight in UFC history, and he's not wrong based on UFC 251 pulling in 1.3 million buys.
Sure, there were two other titles fights on the 'Fight Island' card but fans tuned in to watch one man: Masvidal.
The Miami fighter has now entered the all-time UFC PPV list and could break the current record if he fights McGregor.
Masvidal vs. McGregor would be an astronomical event.
With ufc 251 doing 1.3 m PPV buys, you absolutely do Conor v Jorge on Fight Island. No need for the gate. Not significant in bigger picture. The PPV does 2 million.That's a 9 figure take for ESPN/ufc. Losing on a $10 MM gate is insignificant. Pay both $20 mill base. Everyone wins
- Fight Oracle :tm: (@fightoracle) July 13, 2020
McGregor's star power hasn't waned despite his lack of activity with 'The Notorious' raking in 1 million PPV buys for his triumphant comeback against Donald Cerrone in January.
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Masvidal, on the other hand, has seen his popularity and marketability soar following a scintillating 2019 which saw him beat Darren Till, Ben Askren and Nate Diaz.
Combine Masvidal's star power with the attraction that surrounds a McGregor fight and you're looking at a monstrous PPV show. The biggest fight in UFC history.
Could Masvidal vs. McGregor top UFC 229 PPV buys? Yes. Could it break the 3 million mark? Also, yes.
UFC pay-per-view records:
UFC 229: Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Conor McGregor - 2.4 million buys
UFC 202: Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor II - 1.6 million buys
UFC 196: Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz - 1.5 million buys
UFC 100: Brock Lesnar vs. Frank Mir II - 1.3 million buys
UFC 205: Eddie Alvarez vs. Conor McGregor - 1.3 million buys
UFC 251: Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal - 1.3 million buys
UFC 194: Jose Aldo vs. Conor McGregor - 1.2 million buys
Masvidal vs. McGregor? Watch this space.
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