Conor McGregor vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov Nearly Sold Out; UFC 229 Second Largest Gate in History

Even though it’s not quite sold out, UFC 229: Khabib vs. McGregor is already, reportedly, the second largest gate in UFC history.

According to MMAFighting’s Dave Meltzer, who is the industry’s foremost expert on UFC pay-per-view statistics and ticket sales, reported that tickets for Conor McGregor’s return to challenge undefeated, undisputed UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov were nearly sold out within minutes of going on-sale to the public on Friday, Aug. 17. That followed two days of special early access sales to UFC Fight Club members and newsletter subscribers. 

Khabib Nurmagomedov - Conor McGregorFace-value ticket prices ranged from $205 to $2505. As of Monday afternoon, there were a select few $2505 tickets left, according to the website.

While no hard numbers have been released yet, Meltzer noted that current ticket sales will already push UFC 229 into being the second-highest-grossing event in UFC history. 

UFC 205, which was headlined by McGregor and Eddie Alvarez, holds the top spot, amassing a $17.7 million gate on Nov. 12, 2016, at Madison Square Garden. Second best is UFC 129, which featured Georges St-Pierre in Toronto, producing a $12.075 million gate. 

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UFC 229 takes place on Oct. 6 in Las Vegas, where the highest drawing gate in Nevada’s history is UFC 200 at $10.746 million.