On April 30, 2011 at UFC 129 in Toronto, then UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre set the UFC’s all-time gate record of 55,724 spectators for $12,075,000. It is believed to the largest live gate in Canadian history, beating the Olympics, the Rolling Stones, and the Stanley Cup.
GSP is currently participating in drug testing by the US Anti-Doping Agency for four months, a condition of his return. That four months ends on December 9. On December 10, the UFC returns to the Air Canada Centre, in Toronto Ontario, Canada.
When UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier’s title defense vs. Anthony Johnson was announced for UFC 206 in Toronto, it was not referenced as the main event. A old shinpad could figure out that GSP was supposed to be the main event.
Unfortunately, that fell apart.
Now Cormier has appeared on The Fight Network, and says he is worried the fight will get lost amidst all the GSP hoopla. Given that 206 comes after UFC 205, the biggest show in MMA history, and before the return of Ronda Rousey at UFC 207, the concern is real.
“Financially is a ton because I know what Anthony and I did at UFC 187, numbers wise, and we made some money, but not what we would make if Georges St-Pierre fought,” explained Cormier, as transcribed byDanny Segura for MMA Fighting. “So for me it’s tough, you know. I’m like, ‘I hope that they get this figured out so that the fight can be as big as UFC 200’.
“I fought on 200, so I know what a big pay-per-view looks like in term of revenue, pay-per-view revenue. So I’m hoping that it gets worked out because 205 is going to be massive, 207 is going to be massive, with Georges St-Pierre in the middle the UFC can have three big shows back-to-back at the end of the year. I don’t know if we have done that in a really long time.
“I just don’t want to be at UFC 206 and kind of just get lost in the middle of 205 and 207, and then people are like, ‘You know what, I’m going to save my money for the Ronda fight’. It kind of happened at UFC 198 and 199 where those guys struggled a little bit because people were like, ‘I’m going to [wait] to get 200, and I’m going to spend my money there’. I hope it gets worked out because financially it’s a big difference.”