Conor McGregor did a 10.1 million gate at the MGM Grand Garden Arena for his title fight against Jose Aldo, beating the venue’s old record, which he also set with UFC 189.
Following his big win, the Irishman spoke like a co-promoter of the show, and basically conducted his own press conference. This is also where he boldly stated that he is looking to eventually break Floyd Mayweather’s numbers, who has been setting records in boxing for years.
“What did Floyd vs Manny do? 72 Million? I’m catching up. I’m only 27. Them old motherf*ckers were 40 before they got that. I’m only warming up!”
“I said to Lorenzo, and I said to Dana, I’m bringing in these big numbers. I’m bringing in these half a billion dollar revenues, like the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight has done,” he said. “At 27 years of age, I stand here, the unified world champion. Back-to-back MGM gate records. This is trending as the highest pay-per-view, Sholler I believe said, of all time for the UFC.”
“At 27 years of age, with every record in the book, with weight divisions above, ready for me to go at, super-fights left and right. Tell me one other champion who has been like that,” he said. “I’m bringing these numbers, and sky’s the limit.”
While 72 million is a lofty goal, it is true that McGregor has some very lucrative options available to him right now. Despite what the UFC states, he plans on getting title fights on both lightweight and featherweight divisions, and vows not to drop his featherweight title.
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