UFC 202 sets new record
Conor McGregor just can’t stop breaking records.
With the fastest featherweight knockout in UFC history and numerous record-breaking live gates to UFC 189 and 194, the Irish superstar can now add another UFC record to his name.
The preliminary numbers are in for UFC 202’s online PPV orders, and the numbers look good.
“It did really, really well on internet buys,” MMA reporter David Meltzer told Jim Ross on his radio show THE LAW. “(The) UFC people told me in fact it broke their all time record [for streaming buys]. I’m hearing 1.2-1.5 million buys as far as regular PPV’s.”
At UFC 202, McGregor battled Nate Diaz in a rematch of their UFC 196 showdown, where Diaz submitted the Irishman with a rear naked choke in the second round.
McGregor evened the score however, taking home a majority decision in a fight-of-the-year contender rematch last Saturday.
In the co-main event, Anthony “Rumble” Johnson made quick and violent work of Glover Teixeira, knocking out the Brazilian in just 13 seconds of the first round. While many fight fans and analysts thought UFC 200 would break said PPV records, it seems UFC 202 has beat it to the punch, just two months removed from the historic milestone event.
“I mean, this was a hell of a card,” “Rumble” said of UFC 202. “Everybody — they pumped up UFC 200 so much. I think this one right here made UFC 200 look like trash.”
UFC 200 suffered from a loss of it’s headliner just days before the event, as interim light heavyweight Jon Jones was removed from the card after being flagged for a USADA violation from a random drug test.
However, even with stars like former UFC heavyweight champion and WWE superstar Brock Lesnar and legendary middleweight Anderson Silva on the card, UFC 200 still takes a back seat to the McGregor Show in terms of PPV orders and online buys.