Conor McGregor claims he recorded the highest pay-per-view numbers for any UFC fight this year thanks to his 40-second destruction of Donald Cerrrone.
However, Jorge Masvidal and his agent are unhappy with his rival’s assertion as they await official confirmation of viewing figures from UFC 251.
McGregor is by far and away the biggest box office sensation UFC has ever seenGetty Images – Getty
The Irishman ended his absence from the octagon in scintillating style with a TKO victory over the veteran in January of this year, but was unable to fight after that.
Although his planned ‘season’ did not come to fruition, the 32-year-old still managed to record some pretty impressive viewing figures and shared them with his 37.9million Instagram followers.
‘The Notorious’ wrote: “Congrats to the UFC on a well fought 2020! The only sporting company on the planet to come through the entire year. Incredible! I am honored [sic] to secure their highest PPV of the year with McGregor vs. Cerrone. Congrats Donald and also on his double submission win last night.’
He also added: “100% offence. 100% defence. Highest PPV. Highest gate. Fastest Main Event KO of the year. 2020. 40 seconds. Roll on 2021!”
Masvidal has become one of UFC’s top attractionsGetty Images – Getty
Masvidal went 25 minutes with Kamaru Usman and enhanced his reputationGetty Images – Getty
According to the Daily Mail, McGregor could well have raised £64.94m through subscriptions alone with the fee set to watch the fight in the US at $65 (£48).
This means the former two-weight world champion could have generated just over £1.6m per SECOND thanks to his expedient finish in the fight itself.
However, because the UFC is a private company, exact figures are not made public and it remains to be seen if UFC 246 was able to trump UFC 251 on Fight Island.
Stepping up on a weeks’ notice, Jorge Masvidal flew to Abu Dhabi and went five rounds with welterweight champion Kamaru Usman and the event itself featured two more world championship fights.
McGregor hammered Cerrone right from the very start at UFC 246Getty Images – Getty
Reports in July suggested the PPV had reached 1.3million buys, but Masvidal’s manager Abraham Kawa has since refuted these claims and insisted ‘Gamebred’ actually surpassed McGregor.
“I don’t think Jorge would like that,” Kawa tweeted. “We don’t dim another man’s light to make ourselves shine brighter. He knows as we do.”
The 32-year-old returns to action at the start of 2021 when he faces former foe Dustin Poirier at UFC 257 in a lightweight bout which will have huge ramifications for the top of the division.
The McGregor vs Poirier rematch will be the main event of a three-card week in Abu Dhabi, which begins with Max Holloway vs Calvin Kattar on 16 January then Britain’s Leon Edwards faces Khamzat Chimaev on 20 January, with McGregor returning to the octagon on 23 January.
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