Former UFC light heavyweight and heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier took to Twitter and hinted that Jorge Masvidal was a bigger star than his teammate Khabib Nurmagomedov.
UFC 251 headlined by UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal was an instant box office hit.
The PPV numbers are finally in and it has shattered all the PPV records for ESPN+. According to Mike Coppinger of The Athletic, UFC 251 sold a staggering 1.3 Million PPV buys making it the sixth highest selling PPV of all time and the most selling PPV of the ESPN+ era.
This comes as a surprise even to veteran media personalities in the industry as the PPV numbers have exceeded their expectations. ESPN’s Ariel Helwani ran a poll last week, where most fans thought that it would sell only slightly upwards of 400,000 buys.
How many more pay-per-view buys do you think adding Masvidal to 251 means?
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) July 5, 2020
Following the PPV numbers reported by The Athletic, Daniel Cormier too to twitter and insinuated that Jorge Masvidal was a bigger star than his teammate Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Gamebred is a legit top 2 draw in the UFC!!! https://t.co/DEiJiZduMZ
— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) July 13, 2020
“Gamebred is a legit top 2 draw in the UFC!!!,” Cormier tweeted.
Usually, when fans talk about the biggest stars in the UFC, the #1 spot is usually reserved for the Irishmen Conor McGregor, who holds the record for headlining most PPV cards selling over a million buys.
The #2 spot, however, has been reserved for UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov for the past few years. But with Jorge Masvidal selling 1.3 Million PPV buys on six-days notice has taken his stardom to a different stratosphere.
Khabib Nurmagomedov was involved in the biggest fight in the history of the UFC at UFC 229. He fought and defeated Conor McGregor via submission and following that he fought at UFC 242 against Dustin Poirier and defeated him via submission as well.
Jorge Masvidal thanks fans and detractors
After Mike Coppinger tweeted about the success of UFC 251, ‘Gamebred’ took to twitter and thanked his fans and doubters for the overwhelming support.
The overwhelming amount of support I have received before, during, and after this journey has been humbling. Still got a lot of goals to meet. All of you that tuned in to see me win, thank you. Those that tuned in to see me lose, thank you. https://t.co/4SCJzwHV10
— Jorge Masvidal UFC (@GamebredFighter) July 13, 2020
“The overwhelming amount of support I have received before, during, and after this journey has been humbling. Still got a lot of goals to meet. All of you that tuned in to see me win, thank you. Those that tuned in to see me lose, thank you,” Masvidal wrote.
“I want to thank God for allowing me to be able to provide for my family during a time of crisis and the best is yet to come,” Masvidal concluded in his tweet.
Do you guys agree that Jorge Masvidal is a bigger star than Khabinb Nurmagomedov?