By Danielle DeVor
5. UFC 194 Aldo vs. McGregor
Occurring on December 12, 2015, McGregor became flyweight champion. At the time, Aldo had been unbeaten. Many expected his win streak to continue, but McGregor knocked out Aldo in Round 1. The fight card garnered a 1.2 million buys.
4. UFC 205 Alvarez vs McGregor
Occurring on November 12, 2016, this was the first fight the UFC held in the state of NY which had recently legalized MMA. Held at Madison Square Garden, it was an epic event in the history and legitimization of MMA as a sport. McGregor stopped Alvarez in the 2nd round to win the UFC lightweight title and became the first UFC fighter to hold 2 belts at one time. The fight card garnered 1.3 million buys.
3. UFC 196 Diaz vs. McGregor
Occurring on March 3, 2016, Nate Diaz submitted McGregor in round 2 via Rear Naked Choke. This was a shock to many at the time since McGregor had a championship belt he’d won against Aldo. It also helped that the lead up to the fight was full of colorful personality, but who could expect less? The fight card garnered 1.317 million buys.
2. UFC 202 Diaz vs. McGregor 2
Occurring on August 20, 2016, this was a rematch people were clamoring for. The fight was originally supposed to occur in April, but McGregor had contract negotiation trouble. The fight ended in a decision for McGregor. It garnered 1.6 million buys.
1. UFC 229 Khabib vs. McGregor
Occurring on October 6, 2018, this fight was touted to be the biggest fight in UFC history. Khabib Nurmagomedov defeated Conor McGregor by submission in the 4th round. The fight also became engrained in memory because of the post-fight altercation between Nurmagomedov and McGregor’s crew. The fight garnered 2.4 million buys.