Back in August, UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor and undefeated boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr. stepped through the ropes of the ring to take part in one of the biggest fights in combat sports history. While the fight was widely expected to shatter previously-set records for pay-per-view sales, however, it was ultimately reported to have fallen short, coming up shy of the record set by Mayweather’s 2015 battle with Manny Pacquiao.
Contrary to reports that the fight didn’t actually break the record, UFC President Dana White is maintaining that it did.
“We broke the record,”White said on The Unnamed Podvideocast this week (h/t FloCombat).”The thing ended up doing 6.7 million pay-per-view buys globally. How about this — we broke the record in Australia, we broke the record in the U.K. at 4 [a.m.] in the morning — 4 in the morning we broke the pay-per-view record. We broke the record in Spain, Canada, and the United States.”
On the same show, White also divulged that the big fight also broke a less desirable record, having been pirated by an unprecedented amount of people.
“We broke that record, too. The most pirated fight of all time,” White said. “That’s another record we broke.”
If all of this is indeed true, White’s admission that he can see the UFC promoting boxing matches in the future makes a bit more sense. The sport still draws one hell of a crowd.
“I could see bringing boxing under our umbrella and trying to see what we could do with that,” White said on The Unnamed Podvideocast (h/t Sherdog.com). “I could see doing that.”
Do you think these claims from Dana White are true, or is this perhaps the latest bit of embellishment from the infamously over-the-top UFC President? Have your say on the May-Mac PPV numbers in the comments section!
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 10/25/2017.