5 Highest selling UFC pay-per-views of all time
UFC PPV numbers have risen considerably over the years. We've seen many great fights on PPV, but the truth is that there are only a few real box office draws. Now when we think of box office draws in UFC, the following names come to mind: Conor McGregor, Brock Lesnar, Ronda Rousey, Georges St. Pierre, and even superstars such as Chuck Lidell and Anderson Silva, among others.
The first three mentioned have shattered the one million PPV limit and are considered among the biggest draws in the sport. Conor McGregor has far surpassed Brock Lesnar in that regard, and you might be surprised to find that this list only involves one fight that isn't of McGregor.
There have been a total of 16 PPVs as of 2018 that have sold over one million PPVs. Without getting any further, let's look at the biggest PPV sales in UFC history!
#5 Eddie Alvarez vs Conor McGregor - UFC 205 - 1.3 million buys
UFC 205 was one of the most historic nights in the history of the company. Firstly, it was the very first UFC event in New York City, after the ban on MMA was finally lifted. It also happened to be at Madison Square Garden, the most iconic venue in the world.
After getting revenge on Nate Diaz, Featherweight Champion Conor McGregor attempted to become the first-ever double champion in UFC history.
He took on Eddie Alvarez in the third of three title matches in the event. He put on an absolute clinic, dominating the Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez from start to the finish in the second round.
He cemented his place in history by knocking out Alvarez and becoming the first-ever double champion. The PPV sales were actually considered disappointing given the stacked card and McGregor's status.