Alex Pereira’s Record UFC Gate Reflects Very Little About His Actual Popularity

SUMMARY

  • Alex Pereira’s fights at UFC 300 and 303 are currently two of the highest gates in UFC history.
  • UFC 303 was supposed to have a $20+ million gate until Conor McGregor pulled out while UFC 300 was a monumental event on its own.

Alex Pereira is slowly becoming one of the biggest superstars to ever step into the octagon. Despite being only nine fights into his UFC career, the decorated kickboxer has had more title fights than regular bouts in the promotion. Even Dana White mentioned that he was completely wrong about what Pereira would become after joining the UFC.

White initially believed that Pereira would be eaten by the younger stars in the UFC. However, lately the journey has been quite the opposite. Pereira has shut down fighters who usually beat others. His recent bout against Jiri Prochazka proved that Pereira will be an unstoppable force. Interestingly enough, his headliners have resulted in some of the highest wickets ever.

UFC 303 initially belonged to Conor McGregor, not Alex Pereira

UFC 303 was absolutely thrilling to watch as the event resulted in a whopping $15.9 million gate. While the main event belonged to Alex Pereira, the numbers generated by the event were not solely from him. Conor McGregor was supposed to headline the card until he pulled out with an injured toe just a few weeks before the fight.

Dana revealed that UFC 303 surpassed a $20 million gate, which would be the highest ever recorded in the history of the promotion. However, the numbers dropped to $15 million after the McGregor vs. Chandler fight was canceled. Conor’s fights against Eddie Alvarez, Khabib Nurmagomedov, and Dustin Poirier rank as the first, second, and fight-highest gates ever.

UFC 300 was a historic event regardless of the presence of Alex Pereira

UFC 300 was another of Alex Pereira’s fight cards that resulted in a $16.5 million gate. While Pereira deserves the credit, UFC 300 was also a monumental event that fans definitely didn’t want to miss.

Regardless of the numbers, Pereira put on an incredible performance against the former light heavyweight champion, Jamahal Hill. Pereira’s crazy first-round knockout after being hit below the belt by Hill went viral on social media. He delivered a spectacular knockout that fans will forever remember until the end of time.

Alex Pereira still owns some of the highest gates in UFC history

Alex Pereira just started his UFC career, and this is something that people are still having a hard time digesting as well. Despite being just nine fights into his career, the 36-year-old has surpassed the legacy of several UFC greats and is on pace to potentially become one of the greatest fighters of all time.

Pereira’s previous fights against Israel Adesanya and Jiri Prochazka also rank in the top 10 in terms of gate numbers. He owns five of the highest wickets ever. Rumors claim that Pereira is open to fighting at heavyweight, possibly against Jon Jones or Tom Aspinall. A heavyweight fight by Pereira could potentially result in the highest gate ever due to the fact that it will be the first time a fighter challenges for the belt in a third weight class.

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