Will UFC 200 beat out UFC 100?
UFC 200 was on track to beat UFC 100 pay-per-view numbers by the looks of it. A rematch between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz was slated for the main event, and after UFC 196 broke UFC 100’s PPV buys at 1.5 million — it was all but a lock that the July 9, 2016 would shatter that.
After the main event between McGregor and Diaz was scrapped due to McGregor’s disobedience, it’s not a sure thing that 200 would trump 196, much less 100.
I predicted a Daniel Cormier versus Jon Jones rematch could fill the void if Jones got out of his fight with Ovince St. Preux without much damage, which came to fruition and it was announced that Cormier/Jones 2 would be the main event at UFC 200.
It’s a great fight, one that many will be looking forward to, and probably the second most sought out rematch with the return of Ronda Rousey being high on the list as well.
But for 200 to have such high anticipation with the UFC debuting in a new arena and not having their marquee star on the card, I’m not sure it will be a record PPV event.
In addition to Cormier and Jones — Miesha Tate, Cain Velasquez and Johny Hendricks are on the card, but UFC 100 saw WWE crossover star Brock Lesnar and the most successful UFC welterweight champion in UFC history, Georges St. Pierre.
If, say, Rousey was added to the card, that would change the analytics, but without ‘Notorious’ or ‘Mystic Mac’ (whichever nickname you prefer) I can’t see 200 beating out 100.
In the end I don’t think it will matter, because when McGregor does return, it will be even bigger than before.