It seems like we say it every time Conor McGregor’s name appears on a fight card: “This is going to be the biggest UFC fight ever.” McGregor’s knack for creating chaos and his penchant for knockouts almost always ensures that his card is going to set gate records. However, in the case of the Conor McGregor vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov fight at UFC 229, we might be correct.
McGregor burst onto the scene by winning the featherweight title in his first fight with the promotion, and defended it with a 13-second knockout against one of the top fighters in the world just five months later. The challenge in front of him, however, is greater than any he has seen in the UFC. Khabib Nurmagomedov – who, ironically enough, first appeared on the UFC 205 card in McGregor’s last octagon fight in November 2016 – is quickly making his case as one of the greatest fighters in promotion history, standing at 26-0 currently as an MMA fighter. Khabib’s third fight was a title shot at UFC 223, where he defeated Al Iaquinta for the UFC’s lightweight belt, which at one point belonged to McGregor.
As if these weren’t already two of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world, McGregor’s attack on Khabib at Barclays Center in Brooklyn this summer only helped Dana White come to this decision, despite all of the drama. After the incident, White called it the “most disgusting thing” in UFC history, but he’s a businessman, and nothing hypes up a UFC card more than drama.
The current record for gate sales is $17.7 million, also set at UFC 205. Each of McGregor’s fights against Nate Diaz – UFC 196 and 202 – hold the top two spots in Paper-Per-View buys in UFC history, respectively. Long story short, UFC 229 should completely reset the mark for which the promotion’s events are measured.
Tickets to get-in the door start around $600.00 for an upper level seat, with floor seats averaging around $3000.00 and a ringside seat currently priced at $16,000 for those who want the premiere experience at what’s been coined as, “UFC’s Biggest Fight Ever”.