McGregor vs. Diaz: UFC 196 Expected to Generate One of Largest Gates in History

Danny WebsterAnalyst IIIMarch 5, 2016

LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 04:  (L-R) Opponents Conor McGregor of Ireland and Nate Diaz face off during the UFC 196 Weigh-in at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on March 4, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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Nate Diaz was a last-minute add to face Conor McGregor in Saturday's UFC 196 in Las Vegas, but it still may result in one of the largest buys in UFC history.

UFC President Dana White is expecting a gate of $7.6 million, which would be the third-highest in the promotion's history, per Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com.

The McGregor-Diaz bout would trail only UFC 194, where McGregor fought Jose Aldo on Dec. 12, and UFC 129, which featured Georges St-Pierre and Jake Shields as the main event in Toronto, according to the UFC, via Robby Kalland of CBS Sports.

If that figure stands, it would also become the second-highest gate in Nevada history when the two meet inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena. What's more, the top three fights will have featured McGregor, per the Nevada State Athletic Commission, with the top fight being McGregor-Aldo raking in just over $10 million. UFC 189, highlighted by McGregor and Chad Mendes, totaled $7.2 million, per the NSAC.

Diaz replaced Rafael Dos Anjos on Feb. 23 in the fight against McGregor, and the buildup has been intense. That's the main reason why this fight is drawing in so much money, but it's also because this welterweight fight could be a strong candidate for Fight of the Year, as it's a matchup between two of the UFC's biggest names.

 

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