The Five Biggest Gates In UFC History Make For Interesting Reading
The five biggest gates in UFC history have been revealed and it comes as no shock that Conor McGregor's main events dominates the list.
McGregor has become one of MMA's biggest fighters in the last half decade and it's clear to see it generates to cash for the UFC.
The 31-year-old tops the list with his gate vs Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 back in 2016 raking in a staggering $17,700,000.
It was also the fight which saw McGregor hold two belts at the same time, leading to the infamous 'Champ-Champ' moniker.
You can check out the full list below.
- UFC 205: Alvarez vs McGregor (2016) - $17,700,000.
- UFC 229: Khabib vs McGregor (2018) - $17,2000,000.
- UFC 129: St-Pierre vs Shields (2011) - 12,075,000.
- UFC 200: Tate vs Nunes (2016) - $10,700,000.
- UFC 194: Aldo vs McGregor (2015) - $10,500,000.
When McGregor made light work of Eddie Alvarez and became the Champ. :flushed: pic.twitter.com/384gzMevmL- UFC Throwbacks (@UFCThrowbacks) August 19, 2018
Of the top five, McGregor featured in three of the main events and came close to breaking the gate record he set.
His highly anticipated match with Khabib Nurmagomedov in October 2018 intrigued many as the Russian is one of UFC's deadliest fighters.
McGregor went on to lose to Khabib and he hasn't fought in the octagon since.
Third on the list is the legendary Georges St-Pierre's victory over Jake Shields back in 2011.
It's the only fight from the top five that occurred in the first half of the decade, showing it's impact on the promotion.
UFC 200 featured a women's main event of Miesha Tate vs Amanda Nunes.
Brock Lesnar also made his return to the promotion after a five year hiatus to take on Mark Hunt.
The show itself was marred with controversy after McGregor pulled out as well as Jon Jones being removed for a doping allegation.
UFC 194 cracks the top five with a main event of Jose Aldo vs McGregor, which is infamous for one moment alone.
On this day, 2015:- UFC on BT Sport (@btsportufc) December 12, 2018
Conor McGregor slept Jose Aldo inside 13 seconds :scream:
'Notorious' ended Aldo inside 13 seconds to show the UFC had a megastar on it's hands.
He's set to return to the octagon to face Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone at UFC 246 in January and the gate is already at $10 million.
It's clear to see McGregor is one of the biggest box-office attractions in combat sport right now.
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