UFC 205 was always going to be a record-breaking event; with three title fights taking place along with a stacked undercard, Madison Square Garden seems like the only appropriate arena to host an event of this magnitude.
We have Conor McGregor looking to create history against Eddie Alvarez, aiming to become the first man to hold two world titles in two different weight divisions at the same time.
Tyron Woodley puts his welterweight crown on the line, and Joanna Jedrzejczyk makes another defence of her women’s strawweight world title - two fighters that could easily headline UFC events themselves.
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And with stars like Frankie Edgar, Khabib Nurmagomedov and Rashad Evans on the preliminary card, you know this is an event UFC fans simply cannot miss.
Although we’re still two weeks away from the show, with plenty more build-up to come our way, the company has already shattered a 17-year record in New York City.
That’s according to UFC president Dana White, who claims that the live gate for UFC 205 will be the biggest in the history of MSG, despite the venue hosting some huge sporting and music events in the past.
He said: “It’s the biggest, baddest card we’ve ever done in the history of the company.
“We’ve been in the biggest, best arenas all over the world – Madison Square Garden’s a big deal.
“All the legendary fights that have been held there, all the legendary events and we actually broke the gate record for Madison Square Garden so, so far so good, I’m excited.”
The current live gate record goes to the 1999 boxing match between Evander Holyfield and Lennox Lewis, with 21,000 packing out the arena; and the event managed to bring in $13.5 million and if the UFC have already broken that, it’s a pretty big deal.
The plan was to make the UFC’s first event in New York a big one, and they’ve managed to deliver just that with the perfect decision to have the most popular man in the sport today headlining the event.
White added: “Obviously, our first time going into MSG and it’s been such a big deal getting in there, I wanted to make sure when we went to New York, we delivered.
“Three incredible title fights plus the rest of the card is packed with ridiculous fights including the main and co-main event on FOX Sports 1 that night for the prelims.”
Notorious has already made bold claims about breaking the pay-per-view record, and White’s news will be music to his ears and then it’ll come as no surprise to see the Irishman and the champion turn their trash talk up a notch, in the hope of getting any last-minute buys.
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