Conor McGregor has brought out the crystal ball once again in the build-up to his lightweight championship clash with Eddie Alvarez.
However this time, he’s not predicting which round he will end the fight in.
Instead, he’s talking perhaps his second favourite thing after winning titles, money.
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He’s already predicted he’ll blast Alvarez out of the water with a first-round knockout, and he’s now also confident that UFC 205 will break further records and end up as a bigger event than UFC 202, where McGregor and Nate Diaz broke the organisation’s pay-per-view record at 1.65 million buys.
Speaking to MMAJunkie, the Irishman told them the number of buys he expects the Madison Square Garden event to achieve.
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He said: “I’m almost certain we’re talking the 2 million mark. I feel it will break the 2 million mark. That’s what I’d like, and then go from there.”
That number already seems to be a certainty; you only need to look at and compare the UFC 202 and 205 fight cards to understand the magnitude of this event.
Before Alvarez and McGregor trade blows, we have welterweight champion Tyron Woodley defending his crown against Stephen Thompson, while Karolina Kowalkiewicz aims to dethrone the strawweight champion, Joanna Jedrejczyk.
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If that wasn’t enough, Chris Weidman, Yoel Romero, Frankie Edgar, Donald Cerrone and Rashad Evans are only a handful of stars also competing on the night.
Then to make it even more special, it's the first time New York will play host to a UFC spectacle, so it’s the perfect night for McGregor to go out and try to make history by becoming the first man to hold two titles in two separate divisions at the same time.
He added: “(It will break the record) 100 percent – I think the money is there.
“For UFC 202, they backed it with no money. UFC 200 is where the advertising dollars went. UFC 202 was worth double what they spend in advertising dollars. UFC 202 broke the pay-per-view record with very little push. A very, very weak undercard.
“Now you have me, you have New York, you have history, and you have many factors. They’re pushing the advertising dollars on it.”
There’s still just under a month until the event takes place, and with plenty more verbal attacks bound to fly in either direction, it doesn’t look like it’ll take much more effort to pass that 2 million mark and set a staggering new record.
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