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Conor McGregor is undoubtedly UFC’s biggest superstar. Out of the top 10 highest selling PPV( pay per view) in UFC history, he main evented 8 of those PPVs. These 8 events also happen to be Conor’s last 8 fights. Additionally, his fight against Floyd Mayweather in 2017 was reported to be the 2nd highest selling PPV of all time. So, you would think this means Conor McGregor is the fight to make at UFC 300, but these are all reasons to why he should not be on UFC 300.
Getting a PPV over one million buys is one of the hardest things to do. According to Tapology, only 19 UFC cards have made more than one million PPV buys. Both UFC 100 and 200 both made over one million PPV buys without Conor McGregor. Hence, not featuring McGregor in UFC 300 could lead to two UFC cards exceeding one million PPV in 2024 if you save McGregor for another card that year.
History has shown that Conor McGregor does not need much help selling PPVs. His undercards do not need to be stacked with championship fights to drive sales like UFC 300 would need to be. In fact, out of Conor last 8 UFC main events, only 3 of them had a belt on the line. So why change this trend for UFC 300?
McGregor’s name alone has a significant impact on PPV sales. He is guaranteed to break PPV records, and you do not have to have a championship fight on the card to help boost the PPV sales.
UFC 300 should be a stacked card. Put a couple championship fights on the Main card. Maybe get some old legends to come back, Nick Diaz and George St-Pierre have been rumored to comeback. Heck even get Elon Musk vs Zuckerberg to fight on the card. The point is this card should do insanely well.
As for Conor McGregor, you put him out there when he’s ready to fight in 2024. A card headlined by McGregor alone could sell over one million PPVs. Of course, give him a good opponent like Michael Chandler or even Dustin Poirier but that card will sell. They can put great young UFC prospects like Diego Lopes and others on the undercard to give the young guys more hype, since there is no need to put championship fights as the co-main when all you need is McGregor.
This works out for the UFC benefit since they would be able to host two massive events in the year 2024. Both these cards should sell for over one million PPVs and they will break gate records at their respective venues.
While I do not know if Conor McGregor will be on UFC 300. I do know whatever card they put Conor McGregor on, will be the biggest card of the year.