How Many PPVs Did Conor McGregor Sell in 2021

Published 12/30/2021, 8:45 AM EST
MOSCOW, RUSSIA – OCTOBER 24, 2019: Former UFC lightweight champion, Irish mixed martial artist Conor McGregor, gives a press conference. Stanislav Krasilnikov/TASS (Photo by Stanislav KrasilnikovTASS via Getty Images)


Conor McGregor is the biggest MMA star in the world. He is one of the most followed and well-known athletes and has helped UFC reach new heights. ‘The Notorious’ is a former two-division UFC champion and a must-see fighter.

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The Irishman is one of the biggest draws in combat sports and not just MMA. People tune in to watch him fight and there is always an air of anticipation around his fights. His trash-talk and calculated style of fighting has made him such an popular star. McGregor fought twice this year, at UFC 257 and UFC 264. He took on Dustin Poirier in both events, but unfortunately for him, he lost both fights. Poirier knocked him out at UFC 257 and he suffered a gruesome leg injury in the trilogy fight, which rendered him unable to continue.

However, despite him losing, both were the biggest PPVs of 2021. UFC 264 sold $1.8 million PPVs, which is the second-highest in UFC history. The only event with more overall sales is UFC 229, which featured McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov. That event sold more than $2.4 million PPVs.

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UFC 257 sold around $1.6 million PPVs, making it the second-highest in 2021 after UFC 264. ‘The Notorious’ also netted a huge sum of money for both the events this year. He earned close to $20 million for UFC 257 and more than $23 million for UFC 264, which only added to his already huge net worth.

This just shows the drawing power of the Irish fighter. There is no bigger name than him in the sport, and he keeps showing that time and again. MMA fans are eagerly waiting for his return, and his return fight might just break all UFC PPV sales records.

Conor McGregor shows off his beverages

Along with being a popular fighter, Conor McGregor is also an avid businessman. He never lets an opportunity go where he can use his popularity to promote his products. He did so in his latest Instagram post as well.

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McGregor posted a picture of a glass of Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey and a pint of Forged Irish Stout. In the caption, he wrote, “The smoothest most creamiest around!”

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Arunaditya Aima

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Arunaditya is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Multimedia Journalism from IIJNM, Arunaditya aspires to be an important voice in the world of MMA and interview the likes of Jon Jones, Conor McGregor, Amanda Nunes, and other such superstars of the sport. He has followed the sport for over a decade and is an ardent fan of Georges St-Pierre, who he believes is the greatest of all time.

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