UFC 205 is a ridiculously stacked card, and Conor McGregor believes the November 12th event is going to set a new pay-per-view record for the promotion.
In addition to featuring the highly anticipated scrap between McGregor and lightweight champ Eddie Alvarez, the New York City card will also feature two other title fights. Welterweight champ Tyron Woodley will throw down with Stephen Thompson, and strawweight champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk taking on Karolina Kowalkiewicz.
Not only that, but UFC 205 will include other compelling bouts like Yoel Romero vs. Chris Weidman, Jeremy Stephens vs. Frankie Edgar and Donald Cerrone vs. Kelvin Gastelum.
While discussing what kind of PPV business UFC 205 will generate, McGregor had this to say (quote via MMA Junkie.com):
“(It will break the record) 100 percent – I think the money is there,” McGregor said. “For UFC 202, they backed it with no money. UFC 200 is where the advertising dollars went. UFC 202 was worth double what they spent in advertising dollars. UFC 202 broke the pay-per-view record with very little push. A very, very weak undercard. Now you have me, you have New York, you have history and you have many factors. They’re pushing the advertising dollars on it.”
The featherweight champ also said that he believes UFC 205 will break the 2 million mark for PPV sales. UFC 196, which featured McGregor – Diaz 1, is believed to sold 1.6 million PPV buys. Their rematch at UFC 202, however, is believed to have set a new record at 1.65 million.
UFC 205 will be hosted by NYC’s Madison Square Garden.