In a recent interview with TMZ, UFC President Dana White stated that UFC 254: Khabib vs. Gaethje is “trending off the charts.” He says it is already breaking all of the records and that the event is “trending bigger” than Khabib vs. McGregor.
That’d mean that Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Justin Gaethje is currently trending to be the biggest fight in UFC history.
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Is this realistic, though? In this video, Patrick Auger and Matthew Wells discuss White’s recent comments and share their opinions before this Saturday’s pay-per-view event.
Wells begins by saying that it’s just classic “crazy talk” from Dana White. It’s no surprise to see a promoter promoting a fight and that’s exactly what he’s doing here. Wells says that he can’t even imagine how this would come close to beating Khabib vs. Conor.
Auger agrees and says that it’s “ridiculous,” before sharing his frustrations with the lack of real data regarding official UFC PPV buyrates in 2020. Auger comments that no matter the number, we can only believe what we hear from Disney. Let’s wait to hear what they have to say. If this PPV does big numbers, Disney will talk about it. If it doesn’t, Disney won’t say a thing.
But if this does turn out to be the biggest fight in UFC history, there’s no way that the UFC wouldn’t try everything in the books to keep Khabib around for a little while longer. Nurmagomedov vs. Georges St-Pierre would be a sure thing.
For now, Auger estimates 800,000 buys for UFC 254. Wells predicts over a million. Both agree that this won’t even be close to Conor McGregor vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229.
What do you think? Could this be the biggest fight in UFC history? Let us know in the comments below.
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Jake Nichols is The Body Lock's Editor in Chief. Previously, he was the MMA Editor at RealSport.