UFC 202 was one of the most anticipated mixed martial arts events in recent memory, thanks to the hype surrounding the rematch between featherweight champion Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz.
Diaz won the first meeting between the two via submission, with McGregor earning a close majority decision in their follow up bout.
As it turns out, not only were people excited to tune in for UFC 202 on pay-per-view, they did so in record numbers. According to Dave Meltzer of MMAFighting.com, the event drew 1.65 million pay-per-view buys.
Current estimates have the show doing 1.65 million buys on pay-per-view, putting it slightly ahead of UFC 196, the first McGregor vs. Diaz fight, which was estimated at 1.6 million. Both would be ahead of the prior record set at UFC 100 for the second Brock Lesnar vs. Frank Mir fight.
Sources close to the situation reveal that the DirecTV numbers were the highest in the promotion’s history. UFC’s own pay-per-view orders through the Internet were believed to have also broken the record set at UFC 196.
That means the company’s two match ups between McGregor and Diaz were the most successful events in UFC history.
UFC president Dana White has previously said he has no interest in a third meeting between McGregor and Diaz, but with the two accounting for the two largest events the company has ever seen, he may want to reconsider. There is plenty of money to be had with the rubber match.