Why Household Fighters Don’t Fight Under Conor McGregor’s Card?

Published 06/27/2021, 3:24 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 25: UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor poses on the scale during his official weigh-in at T-Mobile Arena on August 25, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. McGregor will meet boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a super welterweight boxing match at T-Mobile Arena on August 26. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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.


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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.


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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.

LAS VEGAS, NV – DECEMBER 12: Conor McGregor enters the Octagon for his featherweight title fight against Jose Aldo during UFC 194 at MGM Grand Garden Arena on December 12, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)

As the UFC knows that McGregor can sell his events alone, 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)

EventDateBuy Rate
McGregor vs Khabib

(UFC 229)

McGregor vs Poirier 2

(UFC 257)

McGregor vs Diaz 2

(UFC 202)

McGregor vs Cerrone

(UFC 246)

McGregor vs Diaz

(UFC 196)


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Main Card for UFC 264

155 lbs.: Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor (main-event)


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170 lbs.: Gilbert Burns vs. Stephen Thompson (co main-event)

265 lbs.: Greg Hardy vs. Tai Tuivasa

135 lbs.: Irene Aldana vs. Yana Kunitskaya


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135 lbs.: Sean O’Malley vs. Louis Smolka

Will McGregor break yet another pay-per-view record?



Saurabh Singh

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Saurabh Singh Laledia is an MMA enthusiast who works as a UFC writer for EssentiallySports. His passion for the UFC infused with his knowledge of various fight styles such as Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu motivated him to pursue a career in combat sports journalism, as it would be where he could exhibit his expert views and unbiased opinions whilst keeping the fan’s perspective alive. He started watching the sport at UFC 53 in 2005 when ‘The Ace’ Rich Franklin beat Evan Turner to claim the belt and has traced the journey of the middleweight title right from 'The Spider' to 'The Last Stylebender'.