Freelance: McGregor/Diaz Break UFC Pay-Per-View Record
It has been mandated that “The Notorious” Conor McGregor must defend the UFC Featherweight championship against Jose Aldo in his next fight, but after a decision that some view as questionable in the duo’s second go around and with the pay-per-view numbers finally in, a winner-take-all trilogy-ending fight can’t be far off.
UFC President Dana White has shot down talk of the Irishman scuffling with Nate Diaz for now, but that was before they broke the historic pay-per-view buy record set by UFC 100 (1.6 million buys.) to go along with a $7.6 million live gate, the fifth largest in UFC history. UFC 202 brought in 1.65 million buys with the first McGregor-Diaz marquee bout from UFC 196 doing 1.5 million.
Sherdog.com reported, “The 1.65 million figure does not include purchases through the UFC for streaming, however. McGregor earned a disclosed $3 million payday at the event, while Diaz banked $2 million.”
Away from the cage, both men are now in the process of facing disciplinary action and possible fines for the water bottle incident at a UFC 202 press conference.
ESPN’s Brett Okamoto wrote that the Nevada Attorney General’s office has filed complaints against the stars for that altercation and they face possible suspensions. Their conduct has been described as, “detrimental to a contest or exhibition of unarmed combat.”
A date for an official hearing regarding the matter has not yet be announced.
McGregor’s next opponent in Aldo recently won the interim Featherweight title at UFC 200 against Frankie “The Answer” Edgar in a lopsided decision victory and he’s on the hunt for revenge gainst the man who put him on the losing end of the UFC’s fastest KO in championship fight history.
“[Losing to Diaz by way of submission in March] brought out the best in me and forced me to look at myself truly,” McGregor told the LA Times. “It wasn’t easy, it was a war. Conor McGregor showed heart in there. Everyone from the media to the fighters — nobody had me in this one and they tried to say if I lose this one, I’m done.”
“I was listening to all these people celebrating my demise … it lit a fire under my belly. Every single person and fighter doubted me.
“Doubt me now.”