Conor McGregor vs Khabib Nurmagomedov (UFC 229) Holds the Title

Published on May 30th, 2020 1:09 pm EST
Written By: Dave Manuel



And the MMA PPV record up to this point goes to... Conor McGregor is the biggest superstar that the UFC has ever seen.

Bigger than Brock Lesnar. Bigger than Georges St. Pierre. Bigger than Jon Jones.

The proof is in the pudding, so to speak, as McGregor can lay claim to headlining five of the six biggest PPVs in the history of the UFC.

On top of that, McGregor and Floyd Mayweather combined for one of the biggest boxing PPVs of all time as well.

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The question: which is the single biggest UFC PPV of all time?

That title belongs to UFC 229, which was headlined by Conor McGregor vs Khabib Nurmagomedov.

That PPV ended up doing a total of 2.4 million buys, which was far and away the biggest number of all time.

Let's see how that number compares to the other top UFC PPVs of all time:

1. UFC 229: McGregor vs Nurmagomedov, 2.4 million buys
2. UFC 202: McGregor vs Diaz 2, 1.6 million buys
3. UFC 196: McGregor vs Diaz, 1.317 million buys
4. UFC 100: Lesnar vs Mir 2, 1.3 million buys
5. UFC 205: McGregor vs Alvarez, 1.3 million buys
6. UFC 194: Aldo vs McGregor, 1.2 million buys

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UFC 229 was greatly helped by the fact that Khabib is a superstar in his own right, with a massive following in Russia and the Middle East.

In addition, the feud between McGregor and Nurmagomedov was red-hot, helped by the "dolly" incident and all of the back-and-forth between the two men.

The UFC is desperate to have a rematch between the two men, and it's easy to see why - a rematch would likely top the 2.5 million buy mark.

In fact, all of the top 4 PPVs were helped greatly by intense rivalries between the main event participants - let's not forget how much Brock Lesnar and Frank Mir detested each other when they squared off in the main event of UFC 100.

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UFC 229 should comfortably hold onto the PPV buy record until Conor McGregor and Khabib step into the cage for a rematch.

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