The UFC 229 fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor in October last year was a brutal one with the Russian (Khabib) beating the Irish (McGregor) with a rear naked choke hold submission, ending McGregor’s attempt to win back the UFC title. The event was also marred by a massive brawl which broke out in and around the cage after the fight, with a red-shirted fan landing several blows on McGregor before security intervened. Both fighters had to be escorted from the arena by police
In the latest development aftermath the brawl, Nevada State Athletic Commission suspended both the UFC fighters.
Nurmagomedov has been given a nine-month suspension, with the opportunity to reduce it to six months by participating in an anti-bullying campaign, while McGregor was suspended for six months.
The fight had generated large viewership globally and according to a release from the UFC, the event generated a total of $86.4 million in revenue for the city of Las Vegas over the course of fight week. It also set new records in terms of attendance (20,034) and ticket revenue ($17,188,894) in Las Vegas.
Speaking on the whopping amount of money generated by the fight UFC President Dana White said: “During the build up to UFC 229, I said it was going to be the biggest event in UFC’s history, and now we have all the numbers to prove it.
“Khabib vs McGregor smashed our records for Pay-Per-Views, social media impressions, and global viewership, and now we know it set records for economic impact here Las Vegas. None of this would have been possible without the support from the Las Vegas community and UFC’s loyal fans, the best in sports.”
UFC has been headquartered in Las Vegas since 2001 and hosts a minimum of four events annually in T-Mobile Arena, where UFC was named an Anchor Tenant in 2017. The release figures (below) show how hit the Khabib vs McGregor fight was
• $86.4 million total economic output
• $17.2 million total salaries and wages paid
• 414 jobs supported in Southern Nevada
• $3.7 million total taxes paid by visitors
• 40 per cent of UFC 229 visitors travelled from international locations
• 50 per cent of attendees were between the ages of 21 to 34
• 50 per cent of attendees reported an annual household income of $100,000 or more
• One in five attendees stayed in Las Vegas for at least five days
• Nearly two in five attendees reported spending more than $2,000 on non-gaming activities