Conor McGregor’s fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov breaks PPV record


Conor McGregor’s fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov has broken MMA PPV records – but The Notorious has not made as much from the fight as he expected.

The Irishman tapped out to the undefeated Russian in the fourth round of their bout last weekend.

There were crazy scenes following the fight as Khabib jumped out of the cage and attacked McGregor’s teammate Dillon Danis.

Unsurprisingly, the fight hit new heights with worldwide pay-per-view numbers estimated to be around 2.4 million.

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That would be a new record for the sport, although UFC chief Dana White had hoped the fight would reach numbers close to 3 million.

The figures break down at around 1.9 million on traditional pay-per-view, and close to 480,000 via streaming.

Ahead of the fight, McGregor suggested there would be much more, boosting his purse.

He said: “We’re estimating around 3 to 3.5million buys.

“I’d say I’ll close in around the $50million (£38m) mark. So, for a mixed martial artist to make $50million from a mixed martial arts bout, it’s quite breathtaking.”

McGregor’s rematch with Nate Diaz had held the previous record with around 1.65m buys, ahead of the initial fight.

The Irishman was reportedly set to take home $3m (£2.27m) for fighting Khabib, exclusive of PPV revenue, commercial deals and bonuses – regardless of the result – with the Russian receiving $2m (£1.5m).

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