LAS VEGAS — The Conor McGregor train just keeps on rolling. More interviews, more talk-show appearances, more press conferences, more magazine covers.
Wherever McGregor goes here in Vegas, he gets mobbed by legions of fans. Last week in Los Angeles, hundreds showed up to watch his press conference with Nate Diaz at UFC Gym. Security had a hard time getting McGregor from the gym’s back exit into a waiting SUV due to the swarms of people outside just trying to catch a glimpse.
Things have gotten so ridiculous that there were fans standing in line waiting to get a photo with a McGregor impersonator outside the UFC 196 pre-fight press conference venue Thursday at MGM Grand. Can’t get close to “The Notorious?” “The Doppelganger” will have to suffice.
Over the last few months, McGregor has knocked out Jose Aldo in 13 seconds to unify the UFC featherweight title, adorned the cover of Sports Illustrated and appeared on “Conan.” The fight this week against Diaz isn’t even for a title and it’s still an impossibly hot ticket.
According to Seat Geek, tickets for UFC 196 are actually more expensive now than they were when McGregor was fighting Rafael dos Anjos for the lightweight belt. The average resale price in the secondary market for a ticket to UFC 194, which featured McGregor’s win over Aldo, was $816 and UFC 196 is a tougher ticket to nab than a resale ticket to every NFL game this past season other than the Super Bowl, including the playoffs, according to the website.
McGregor already has set gate records at MGM Grand and pulled in oodles of pay-per-view buys. Where does he go from here? What happens if he beats Diaz?
Well, per McGregor’s manager Audie Attar, the razor-witted Irishman hasn’t even come close to reaching his ….View full article
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