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Numbers game Conor McGregor receipt from Poirier bout shows massive 1.5 million pay-per-view buys

McGregor also replied to a Twitter user saying he grossed the UFC over $100 million in one night

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Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor has shared a receipt from his UFC 257 bout against Dustin Poirier that shows how the event garnered an extraordinary 1.5 million pay-per-view (PPV) buys. 

The Dubliner returned to the famed Octagon following a hiatus from the sport in January 2021 to headline a huge card against Poirier on 'Fight Island' in Abu Dhabi.

McGregor lost the rematch as he suffered a second round stoppage defeat but the receipt proves he is easily the biggest draw in the sport.

It shows how the UFC 257 collected 1,504,737 buys - 4,449 more than the projected buys of 1,500,238.

McGregor also replied to a Twitter user saying he grossed the UFC over $100 million in one night.

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He wrote: "A multitude of times, leading to a $4.2bn dollar acquisition of the company in 2016.

"Then I went a multitude more, perching the company up to an almost $11bn valuation, where it sits now in today's market. Incredible!"

The 33-year-old remains undisputedly the top-grossing UFC fighter of all time, with all five of the top-selling pay-per-views in promotion history involving McGregor.

He also served as one half of the mega-crossover pay-per-view main event against Floyd Mayweather in August 2017.

In May, McGregor was named the highest-paid athlete in sports, topping a list with names such as Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Roger Federer, and Lebron James. The figures included his UFC pay and whiskey company earnings from Proper No. 12 among other figures.

McGregor hasn't fought since losing the trilogy bout to Poirier last July.

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He broke his leg at the end of the first round, losing a doctor's stoppage at UFC 264.

However, the Notorious is on the mend as he plots a UFC comeback next year.

As for Poirier, he's set to challenge UFC lightweight champion Charles Oliveira at UFC 269 in December after confirming his next bout will be for the lightweight championship.

The announcement ends any prospect of an immediate rematch with McGregor, who Poirier defeated twice in 2021.

After weeks of speculation, 'The Diamond' took to social media on Sunday to tell fans that the fight is now official.

"Signed, Sealed, Delivered" tweeted the American, who will receive just his second shot at a UFC title after being beaten by former lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov back in September 2019.

Representatives of the former Louisiana born star later confirmed to ESPN that he was indeed referring to an upcoming clash with Oliveira.

After losing to the Irishman back in 2014, 'The Diamond' took revenge in January this year in Abu Dhabi at UFC 257, winning via second round TKO - before prevailing again via doctor's stoppage in their trilogy fight in July.

McGregor claimed that the broken tibia he sustained in Las Vegas was the result of a pre-existing injury, and that the contest should have been null and voided.

This fuelled rumours that Poirier would face him a fourth time in an attempt to finally put their rivalry to bed.

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