McGregor is planning to hold all of the UFC’s top ten pay-per-view selling cards by the end of his contract, currently holding eight of the best-selling fights
Conor McGregor is planning on locking out the top ten highest selling pay-per-view fights in UFC history with the last two bouts on his contract.
The Irish star is one of the promotion’s biggest stars having fought in huge pay-per-view showdowns against Khabib Nurmagomedov and Dustin Poirier.
However he has just two fights remaining on his current deal with the UFC and is plotting a top-level comeback on his return from injury.
McGregor believes he is capable of headlining further pay-per-view cards in his final two outings and is ready to return to sparring in the near future.
He wrote on Twitter : “Two fights left on my contract, I will round out the entire top ten. Can’t wait to get back sparring for my comeback!”
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The social media post came in response to a fan who praised McGregor for having headlined eight of the best selling pay-per-view events in the promotion’s history.
McGregor’s huge showdown with bitter rival Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 is currently holding the top spot with 2.4 million buys.
And his recent trilogy meeting with Poirier is expected to slot into second place ahead of the initial rematch with the ‘Diamond’ after McGregor boasted of the event drawing in 1.8 million buys.
Another illustrious rematch meeting with Nate Diaz is also in the top five while his most recent victory against Donald Cerrone is in fifth position.
The Irishman is currently sidelined after suffering a fractured tibia in his second consecutive defeat to Poirier but is planning the “greatest comeback ever”.
A trilogy with Diaz has also been discussed but it seems increasingly unlikely with the expiration of the American’s contract looming large.
UFC president Dana White still expects McGregor to headline cards on his return despite his noticeable recent decline.
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“He’s still one of the top ten guys in the world. I mean, he’s still one of the top ten best guys in the world,” he told Pardon My Take.
“It would depend on who he’s fighting but yeah, Conor [McGregor] coming back is a headliner.”
With a winning return required, McGregor must try to revive his career at 155lbs having won just one of his last four bouts.
As a result his UFC ranking has taken a tumble, falling behind the likes of Dan Hooker and Islam Makhachev into No.9 in the lightweight division.
He has demanded an immediate title shot for his comeback fight which has been backed by Michael Bisping, who has also conceded it is unlikely to come to fruition.
“Yeah, McGregor, title fight next. I don’t know, maybe he could,” Bisping said on his Believe You Me Podcast. “It wouldn’t be that craziest thing to ever happen, let’s be honest, the man is a f***ing mega-star so maybe.
“I doubt it, I doubt it very much but obviously I assume it was just a tweet. But you can’t look at that like it’s gospel. Obviously, that’s what Conor McGregor wants.. it’s not gonna happen, but if it does happen, it wouldn’t blow my mind either.”