There’s no question now as to who the UFC’s PPV king is. It’s Conor McGregor. Add in a healthy dose of Nate Diaz and the UFC appears to have found PPV magic. Dave Meltzer & MMA Fighting report that UFC 202 sold somewhere in the neighborhood of 1.65 million PPV buys.
Assuming those numbers aren’t way off, UFC 202 becomes third PPV of 2016 to break the 1 million buys mark. Which (depending on what numbers you go by) puts roughly 25-30% of the biggest PPVs in UFC history in this year alone. And it also edges out the biggest UFC PPV ever. There’s a little confusion in the numbers here, as Meltzer reports that as being, in fact, UFC 196 (Diaz McGregor 1), while the promotion itself has long pushed UFC 100 as its all time high watermark.
Either way UFC 202 is apparently bigger.
And while Lesnar may have potentially crossed the million buys mark four times as a headliner (again depending on what estimates you believe) to McGregor’s three, he’s only 400,000 up on the Irishman in total buys (assuming the highest estimates for both men). One more even marginally solid PPV for McGregor and he’ll be holding all the records when it comes to being a UFC moneymaker.