UFC gears up for its biggest weekend ever as they prepare for their unprecedented three cards, as Rose Namajunas takes on Paige Van Zant on Thursday 10th December 2015 before Chad Mendes faces Frankie Edgar on Friday 11th December 2015.
But it is Saturday night’s UFC 194 which is the most high-profile, with Conor MrGregor’s title fight against Jose Aldo one of the biggest MMA bouts in history.
McGregor, who currently holds the interim featherweight title, looks to take on undisputed champion Aldo in the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Ten days before their first scheduled fight at UFC 189, Aldo pulled out with a rib injury and was replaced by Chad Mendes.
The UFC created an interim belt for the 27-year-old Dubliner but the Brazilian has since mocked the decision, dismissing the title as ‘a toy belt to show his drunk friends in his country’s bars because that’s what an interim belt represents to me: a toy. I am the champion’.
The charismatic, larger-than-life McGregor claims he needs only four minutes to finish the fight and is currently the 8-11 favourite to win.
UFC president Dana White claimed the ‘metrics are off the chart’.
The fight will set a new UFC gate record of at least $9million (£6m). The worldwide record is $12.1m set when Georges St Pierre beat Jake Shields in Toronto but that fight was watched by more than 55,000 fans at the Rogers Centre.
By comparison, the MGM Grand Arena’s capacity is a more modest 16,800.