UFC 189: Mendes vs. McGregor lived up to expectations. Actually, it exceeded them.
UFC president Dana White had anticipated a $7.1 million gate for UFC 189 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. When he announced that actual numbers at the post-fight press conference, however, the gate totaled $7.2 million, produced by an audience of 16,019.
White couldn’t, or wouldn’t confirm pay-per-view numbers, but said “it’s looking good” for UFC 189 to eclipse 1 million buys.
The main ended up being for the interim UFC featherweight championship after champion Jose Aldo had to drop out of the fight due to a rib injury.
When McGregor and Aldo finally face each other, White side the plan is for them to meet in Las Vegas.