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Is McGregor vs. Nurmagomedov really the biggest fight in MMA history?

Discussion in 'UFC Discussion' started by Verace, Aug 7, 2018.

  1. Verace

    Verace Silver Belt

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    I was already thinking about making this thread because ive seen ariel helwani say this over and over and it really doesnt sit well with me. Im not saying it isnt or it wont be and im hyped as hell for it.... but, im not sure im 100% convinced this is the biggest fight ever.

    To my surprise ESPN just posted an article on it: http://www.espn.com/mma/story/_/id/...vs-khabib-nurmagomedov-biggest-mma-fight-ever

    So what does sherdog think?

    IMO this might turn out to be very dissapointing. The ratings are so low right now that even a conor comeback might not hit that #1 spot ever.

    Jeffs answer is interesting, although hindsight: "Define biggest. If we're evaluating in terms of big-picture significance, the gold standard has to be Forrest Griffin vs. Stephan Bonnar, right? For years, we've been fed the narrative that the Spike TV telecast of the Season 1 finale of "The Ultimate Fighter" saved the UFC from financial ruin. Would the whole circus tent collapse without this big October 6 showdown?"
     
  2. Übermacht

    Übermacht ἅπαξ λεγόμενον

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    The next McGregor fight is always the biggest one. No one cares for his opponents.
     
  3. VinceArch

    VinceArch Venom in the veins.

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    Every couple of years we get a "Biggest fight in history."
     
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    [email protected] Double Yellow Card Double Yellow Card

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    Its certainly not the highest quality
     
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    Yes, it'll break 2m PPV buys.

    Then his fight with GSP will beat that.
     
  6. UFCBlackbelt

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    Every big fight is the biggest fight ever.
     
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    TheBulletwithWings WAR EL CUCUY!

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    It’s still a profitable business so I’m sure it will stay around.
     
  8. DS66

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    If by "biggest", they mean most PPV buys, I think that it definitely could be IF they promote it properly. However I don't really have faith that they will...

    Biggest in terms of significance? In UFC history? Nah. It's up there though.
     
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    It's the biggest in terms of PPV
     
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    Its a big fuckin fight. I know that nostalgia will make some angry at the notion that this fight is bigger than fights of yesteryear but it likely is bigger than whatever fight you’re comparing it to.
     
  11. Only Here for Attachments

    Only Here for Attachments Free from yellow thanks to my state's congress

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    Biggest in history? Doubt it. Biggest this year? Definitely.
     
  12. mirko>anyone

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    2 mil? You really think so? With the way buyrates have been going lately, I'm not sure it breaks 1.5 mil. How much longer will the casual, non-MMA general public have interest in McGregor? He is definitely the biggest star we've seen to date, so if anyone can do it, it's Conor.
     
  13. Verace

    Verace Silver Belt

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    This is what im saying... i think this PPV will flop if the standard thats being set is 2M ppvs. I highly doubt that, and ive seen this being throwing around like its guaranteed

    Now with GSP i can entertain that thought seriously. That fight would have a chance for being the biggest.
     
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    McGregor vs Diaz 2? This fight is legit, but no one can even say the name of Conor's adversary.
     
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    in ppv buys, most likely

    generally, not really
     
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    It's gonna depend what they put on the card as far as the sales go. The ones that are top sellers are stacked top to bottom.

    As far as historical significance to the UFC, that can only be determined after the fight because the significance depends on khabib and Connor and where they end up in the record books
     
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    MescalineDreams Gold Belt

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    In terms of numbers, yes.

    Biggest fight overall In terms of significance? prob nowhere close
     
  18. WeedLordBonerHitler

    WeedLordBonerHitler This Ass Makes You Hit Like Double Yellow Card

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    As long as Tiramisu doesn't show it's ugly face again.
     
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    tehJameson Double Yellow Card Double Yellow Card

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    Name a fight bigger without Conor in it.
     
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    They say every fight is the biggest fight in history.
     

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