Conor “The Notorious” McGregor’s amazing crowd appeal has been proven again – by the pay-per-view figures for his most recent fight.
The interim UFC featherweight champion’s official UFC biography states that when McGregor fought Chad Mendes on July 11 in the UFC 189 event at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, it netted 1 million PPV buys.
Considering McGregor has been a UFC fighter only a couple of years and he is not American, nor in a heavier weight division, that is remarkable.
A record 16,019 fans filled the MGM Grand Garden Arena and the live gate generated $7.2 million. Those figures and 1 million PPV buys are a reflection of the 26-year-old Irishman’s drawing power, claims the UFC.com biography. He also attracted around 3,000 Irish fans.
McGregor (18-2 MMA, 6-0 UFC) defeated late substitute Chad Mendes (17-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC) by second-round stoppage. Mendes was a worthy opponent as the No. 1 challenger, but McGregor was originally scheduled to face the champion Jose Aldo in a much-anticipated grudge match. The two had been taunting each other for months. Aldo pulled out two weeks before the bout with a rib injury.
Not many UFC shows have topped the 1 million PPV buys, the highest being UFC 100 six years ago with 1.6 million. Such is McGregor’s pulling power that he says that if he fights Aldo next, it could be in a 100,000-seater football stadium in the U.S. One potential venue is AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas.
In the meantime, McGregor is coaching Team Europe against Team USA on The Ultimate Fighter.