Conor McGregor Has Caused The Biggest Ticket Price Hike In UFC History
Tickets for the biggest MMA fight of the year have sold out in record time.
It took just three minutes for the historic showdown between Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 to sell the T Mobile Arena out.
This is hardly a new phenomenon for a McGregor fight, however.
The Irishman has redefined the concept of superstardom in the sport of mixed martial arts.
Pay-per-view events featuring McGregor make up four of the five highest selling PPV’s in UFC history.
In fact, other than his first appearance as a PPV headliner at UFC 189, every McGregor headlined event has sold over 1 million PPV’s.
But it’s not just tv audiences that cannot seem to get enough of the Notorious one.
Of the five highest gate receipts ever drawn from UFC events, McGregor had featured on three of them.
What makes this even more incredible is that all three of those events were in venues that hold less than 25,000 fans.
Put simply, a small arena and a big gate can only mean one thing: expensive tickets.
Now that McGregor has achieved an even greater level of transcendence of the sport of MMA after his participation in the money fight against Floyd Mayweather, ticket prices were bound to continue to increase.
In an analysis between the ticket prices of the UFC 202 and UFC 205 events, prices stayed relatively stagnant.
However, McGregor’s return has seen the ticket prices increase massively.
In the rematch with Nate Diaz at UFC 202, the highest priced ticket was $1,292.
In his attempt to win the UFC Lightweight Championship off Khabib Nurmagomedov the highest priced ticket rose 93% to $2,505.
And it’s not just cageside seats that have increased dramatically in price.
At UFC 202 the only tier of pricing that was over 1000 dollars was cage side seats. For the Nurmagomedov fight though, the top four tiers of pricing are all over $1000.
Many are predicting that this will be Conor’s toughest UFC fight to date, but if the ticket prices are anything to go by, win or lose, McGregor is going to be laughing on his way to the bank.
A comparison of the ticket prices announcements for Conor McGregor's last three UFC fights.
UFC 202: $1,292, $880, $674, $520, $365, $211
UFC 205: $1,250, $750, $600, $450, $300, $200, $100#UFC229: $2,505, $2,005, $1,505, $1,005, $755, $555, $405, $355, $305, $255, $205
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