According to MMA Fighting, the upcoming UFC 229 event in Las Vegas, Nevada has almost sold out – and courtesy of the ticket prices, it’s already the second biggest gate in the history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Whilst the event likely won’t surpass first place, UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden (which earned more than $17.7 million), the promotion can certainly be proud knowing that this show is set to live up to the hype from a financial standpoint. The T-Mobile spectacular will be main evented by the long awaited UFC Lightweight Championship fight between Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov, which some fans are already calling the biggest fight the UFC has ever booked.
A handful of tickets are still believed to be available, but in truth, we can already see which direction this is trending in based on the figures alone.
With just under seven weeks remaining until these two men square off the excitement levels are at an all time high, with both Conor and Khabib seemingly being incredibly confident in their ability to win the contest – as you’d expect.
The rest of the card isn’t exactly spectacular by the UFC’s standards, with Sean O’Malley’s return and Derrick Lewis vs Alexander Volkov expected to be the two other major highlights of the night. The expectation is that this will pass the one million buy rate mark with ease, and some are even suggesting it could push towards two million.
This’ll be McGregor’s first MMA fight since his UFC 205 triumph, whereas Khabib will be defending the championship he won at UFC 223.