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December 14, 2015 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Biggest weekend in UFC history, tons more


The biggest undertaking in UFC history is this week with three shows on successive nights in Las Vegas, culminating in UFC 194, among the deepest shows in company history.

The week starts with the Paige and Sage show on Thursday on Fight Pass, the TUF finale featuring Frankie Edgar vs. Chad Mendes in a battle of two of the top featherweights in the world on Friday, and then two of the year’s most intriguing championship fights and a No. 1 contenders fight take place on Saturday night on a main card where, perhaps for the first time ever, all ten fighters on the main card at one time or another have main evented a UFC show.

There are two of the biggest fights of the year on 12/12 with featherweight champion Jose Aldo Jr., working on an 18 fight winning streak, defending against interim champion Conor McGregor, in what could be the first featherweight fight to top 1 million buys.

In his last two fights, McGregor destroyed the FS 1 ratings record in the first and set the U.S. live gate record ($7,201,648) and the all-time featherweight PPV record (about 800,000 buys), the Las Vegas attendance record and the all-time UFC weigh-ins attendance record (11,500 turning them away).

Interestingly, UFC has not been touting the advance for the show, although what we do know is that both fighters and celebrities who can usually get tickets have been turned down, and the best seats, that are usually for friends of Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta, were put up for sale. The belief is they are trying to set a new U.S. record gate with the high ticket scale.

The 7/11 show that set the U.S. gate record was scheduled to be headlined by Aldo vs. McGregor, but Aldo suffered a broken rib in training and Chad Mendes took his place. McGregor won that fight via second round stoppage, and also had a Robbie Lawler vs. Rory MacD

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