Conor McGregor's fight against Jose Aldo looks set to make plenty of money for the UFC.
As Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor get set to face off on December 12th, Dana White has been talking about how UFC 194 could be one of the biggest events in the history of the promotion.
The world tour to promote the fight in the summer had anticipation at a fever pitch, but despite it being pushed back until this month, it doesn't seem to have dampened expectations any.
Speaking to Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports, Dana White revealed that the gate for the event may well be in excess of $9 million, making it possibly one of the biggest events the UFC has ever held.
The 194 gate, White said, will be at least $9 million and perhaps as much as $9.2 million. It will be second-best gate in UFC history— Kevin Iole (@KevinI) December 3, 2015
Journalist for Severe MMA and HMV John Balfe asked for further details on the breakdown of the ticket sales, and it turns out that a huge number of fans will be coming from Ireland to support McGregor, as White stated:
@KevinI Very interesting. White stated that 25% of tickets for UFC 189 were from Ireland. It's going to be loud!— John Balfe (@JohnBalfe) December 3, 2015
Iole further stated that White reckoned an even bigger number of Irish fans would turn up without tickets for the event, so it may well feel like a home crowd at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.