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The frenzied national following of ‘The Notorious’ Conor McGregor has become one of the unique selling points to the Irish superstar’s showcases in Las Vegas, but all signs are pointing to UFC 196 being less attended than both UFC 189 and UFC 194.
There are a few tell tales signs that the Irish won’t show up in the same numbers as they did in July and December, one of which is the fact that tickets are still on sale for the event.
The lack of complaints when Rafael Dos Anjos pulled out and obscured McGregor’s chances at becoming the first man to hold two UFC belts simultaneously also suggested that the same numbers weren’t committed to the March 5 date. There was a mass uproar for days when Aldo pulled himself and his featherweight title out of UFC 189 all over social media threads, but this time, the news came and went without any notable mentions of people feeling cheated out of a title fight.
Famously, McGregor’s last two outing at the MGM Grand broke records, which was in no small part due to the thousands that travelled to see him fight in Sin City.
Dana White told Jim Rome that McGregor’s capture of the interim title coincided with the “biggest gate we’ve ever done in the U.S”. Following that, the polarizing Dubliner claimed the UFC’s gate and attendance record when he unified the title against Jose Aldo in December. Based on the great numbers that travelled over for both of them events, it isn’t all that surprising that UFC 196 is not forecast to be another record-shattering main event for McGregor.
And it’s not like his popularity has waned; in fact, he’s probably more popular than ever. However, without the million dollar rewards for their efforts at the events, and ….View full article