Why Household Fighters Don’t Fight Under Conor McGregor’s Card?
Fans are ready to take over the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas as the biggest superstar in UFC history is about to enter the octagon for the second time this year. ‘The Notorious’ Conor McGregor is ready to battle his current rival Dustin Poirier in a trilogy fight. After suffering a defeat in the rematch earlier this year, McGregor is looking to settle the score once and for all.
Fans all over the world are eager to watch the Irishman return to action as it’s a guaranteed spectacle to watch. But one thing has been notable for a while. It is, that whenever McGregor fights in an event, fans don’t get to see a lot of household names on the card.
Unlike other events, where two to three titles are on the line or the card is filled with UFC veterans, McGregor cards are quite the opposite. Except for the co-main event, big names are absent as we see a lot of upcoming young fighters on the card.
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So why UFC doesn’t allow household names to fight under McGregor’s card?
Conor McGregor can sell the event alone
‘The Notorious’ Conor McGregor is one of the most celebrated athletes in the world of combat sports. His attitude and fight style has earned him substantial support as he has over 40 million followers on Instagram. His recognition helps the UFC to sell their pay-per-views in bulk. Also, McGregor has the top five highest-grossing pay per views in UFC history.
As the UFC knows that McGregor can sell his events alone, therefore, they build a card featuring upcoming fighters who need exposure. This helps the company to introduce their new talent to the world which will ultimately help them in the long run.
Top 5 highest-grossing UFC PPV’S (as per tapology.com)
|McGregor vs Khabib
|McGregor vs Poirier 2
|McGregor vs Diaz 2
|McGregor vs Cerrone
|McGregor vs Diaz
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Main Card for UFC 264
155 lbs.: Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor (main-event)
170 lbs.: Gilbert Burns vs. Stephen Thompson (co main-event)
265 lbs.: Greg Hardy vs. Tai Tuivasa
135 lbs.: Irene Aldana vs. Yana Kunitskaya
135 lbs.: Sean O’Malley vs. Louis Smolka
Will McGregor break yet another pay-per-view record?
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