‘That’s a Lot of Cheese’- Conor McGregor Reacts to Bumping ESPN’s Numbers

Published 12/31/2020, 12:06 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 05: Conor McGregor poses during a ceremonial weigh-in for UFC 229 at T-Mobile Arena on October 05, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. McGregor will challenge UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov for his title at UFC 229 on October 6 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)


UFC megastar Conor McGregor took to Twitter and had an interesting response to some UFC-ESPN related news that recently broke. Chiefly, Disney’s ESPN Plus will hike up their prices for the pay-per-view model heading into 2021. More specifically, from January 8, 2021, the home of UFC pay-per-views will increase their rate by $5 apiece.

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This is the second time that ESPN Plus has raised the prices of UFC PPV’s. The first hike came back in April 2018 when the service first got off the ground.

Moreover, the increase has been steady from $59.99 to $64.99, and most recently, went from $64.99 to $69.99. Irish superstar Conor McGregor certainly used his massive platform to share his feelings on the incremental hike.

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Conor McGregor: A bonafide sensation

In an ironic twist, some may say the aforementioned hike is very much Conor’s own doing. ‘The Notorious’ is arguably one of the biggest stars in the history of the sport and his January return would play a role in increased prices. It’s no secret that McGregor draws in the big bucks as he holds multiple Gate and Watch records throughout his career.

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Additionally, Conor McGregor is making his long-awaited return to action after a lengthy hiatus of a year. He last competed in January 2020 against Donald Cerrone in what was a highly billed event at the time. He now comes back on January 23, 2021, against Dustin Poirier and a similar turnover is expected.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JANUARY 18: Conor McGregor of Ireland reacts to his win over Donald Cerrone in their welterweight fight during the UFC 246 event at T-Mobile Arena on January 18, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Furthermore, Poirier is a star in his own right and fans will pay top dollar to see the elite lightweights duke it out. The stakes are further raised by the fact that the divisional champion Khabib Nurmagomedov has formally retired from the sport of MMA. The UFC will be looking to place McGregor in a high-profile title match-up to provide clarity for the division.

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Time will be the best indication as to whether the ESPN model continues to steadily hike their prices going forward. With the Irishman at the helm, it’s safe to say that all parties involved will be looking to cash in.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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