A narrative has been circulating in recent weeks that there’s not as much buzz for UFC 202, as there was for UFC 196 back in March. But, according to Dana White, that speculation is off base…
As you’ve likely heard, the belief is that UFC 196 sold the most pay-per-views in UFC history (1,900,000 buys). Largely due to the fact that it featured Nate Diaz taking on Conor McGregor. At the time, McGregor had yet to lose in the UFC, and the Irish fighter had become one of the biggest names in combat sports.
Fast forward to today, and there’s no question that McGregor is still a superstar, but he did lose to Diaz. So, some have questioned whether their rematch on Saturday will best UFC 196, in terms of PPV sales.
“I do [think it will break the all-time PPV record] — it’s trending that way,” White said. ‘ “These guys broke the record last time — and it looked like UFC 200 was going to break their record — then Jon Jones fell out. It looks like these guys will break the record again.”
Now, it remains to be seen what happens, but it is interesting to read this. It is worth noting, however, that UFC 202 is pretty stacked. The card will also feature Anthony Johnson – Glover Teixeira and Donald Cerrone – Rick Story, so it’s not just Diaz – McGregor 2 that could be driving people’s interest (but it’s worth noting that UFC 196 also featured Miesha Tate – Holly Holm).
UFC 200 will be hosted by the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.