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The return of Conor Mcgregor proved to be a box office success.

According to renowned media member and fight metric expert Dave Meltzer, the UFC 246 event last Saturday (Jan. 18) sold what would be equivalent to 2 million buys on PPV.

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If you do the math, under the old UFC PPV model, that equates to a $130 million haul for UFC and ESPN.

Unfortunately, the newer model doesn’t work that way, as ESPN pays UFC a set sum beforehand for each event, regardless of how well or how bad it does.

That said, Conor McGregor will still get some back-end money for PPV’s sold, which means his reported payout of $5 million will be even higher.

The vent reportedly pulled in an additional $11 million at the gate, making Conor the owner of six of the seven highest PPV events ever.

his next fight could be even bigger, as it will likely be a lightweight title fight.

And if it happens to come against his bitter rival, Khabib Nurmagomedov, it could very well set a new all-time record.

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