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Local businesses say they're winners after UFC 202

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Nate Diaz, left, and Conor McGregor square off at the UFC 202 weigh-in at MGM Grand on Aug. 19, 2016. (Source: FOX5) Nate Diaz, left, and Conor McGregor square off at the UFC 202 weigh-in at MGM Grand on Aug. 19, 2016. (Source: FOX5)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

As UFC 202 wrapped up after weeks of anticipation, local businesses said Conor McGregor wasn't the only winner Saturday night. 

Thousands of people packed into T-Mobile Arena for UFC 202, featuring a rematch between McGregor and Nate Diaz, while thousands of other fans headed to local sports bars like Scooter's Pub to watch the fight. 

Scooter's manager Lee Ditterline said any time UFC is on his TVs he sees a spike in customers.

"A UFC night compared to a normal Saturday night? It's comparing oranges and apples," Ditterline said. He added that a fight card with some big names creates an even bigger boom in business, and UFC 202 had some huge names. 

"It doesn't compare, you got to have a big name," Ditterline said. "When you have McGregor on top, fans don't care who's in front of him, they're going to come out and they're going to show up early."

On Saturday, he prepared for be one of the busiest nights of the year. Ditterline said he expected nearly 300 people to come by the bar. He said on a normal Saturday night a few dozen people will stop in. 

Ditterline said he expected all of the drama leading up to the fight to help bring in more customers as well. 

"The drama is awesome," he said. "By 5:30 we'll be busy. any other fight we wouldn't be busy until 7:00  and the drama helps with that."

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