UFC President Dana White has revealed that Conor McGregor vs Khabib Nurmagomedov 2 would have raked in more PPV buys than the concluded McGregor vs Mayweather boxing bout, thereby shattering all the records. But, that now that seems to be a distant possibility as Conor took a devastating L at the recently concluded UFC 257.
Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov fought back in October 2018, at UFC 229, and it earned a staggering 2.4 million PPV buys. The Mayweather – McGregor fight, on the other hand, had a whopping 4.3 million PPV buys.
Speaking of this at the UFC 257, post-fight press conference, Dana White spoke about how a Conor McGregor vs Khabib Nurmagomedov rematch, could have been the biggest fight ever, adding that Khabib would have wanted Conor to win, although he hated him.
‘So, I know he wanted Conor to lose‘
Dana White was quoted as saying, “He (Khabib Nurmagomedov) hates Conor (McGregor). So, I know he wanted Conor to lose. But, you know, there has to be a little piece of him inside that (wanted the McGregor rematch); the fight with him and Conor would’ve been one of the biggest fights ever, if not the biggest fight.” (via Sportskeeda)
He continued, “So, the last few days, the way that this thing (UFC 257 PPV buys) has been trending; you guys have to feel it with your numbers too. I mean our numbers are up; off the charts this week. And I was saying that I felt that Khabib-Conor (the rematch) could be the No. 3 fight all-time, period, in all combat sports. Today, I felt like it could be No. 1. I felt like it could beat McGregor-Mayweather. So, a piece of him (Khabib Nurmagomedov) had to wanna be a part of a fight that big.” (via Sportskeeda)
What are your thoughts on this? Will we see this fight happen? If yes, do you think it will shatter all the PPV records, given that Conor’s reputation has dropped a bit!