UFC 143 does 400,000 PPV buys

source: mmapayout.com

Dave Metzler of the Wrestling Observer reported the initial PPV buy rate for UFC 143 were approximately 400,000 buys. The numbers seem to be a pleasant surprise for the overall viewership for UFC 143 which includes improved prelim ratings on FX.

MMA Junkie reported that the UFC 143 prelims on FX earned 1.4 million viewers. While the prelim numbers still do not compare with Spike TV’s version of the prelims, its a significant improvement from 142 and the FX version is a 2 hour show.

The 400K buy rate blows away my expectation of 250K buys. The buy rate is surprising and while the Diaz factor definitely helped, I also have to think the new marketing and promotion (including the new shows on Fuel) from the Fox deal was a factor. If indeed, Diaz carried this PPV, it will be interesting to see what happens with him next. Certainly, the UFC hoped that Diaz would have won which would set a great matchup with GSP. A rumored rematch with Condit was on and off most of Wednesday.

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PTM2020 site profile image  

2/10/12 10:33 AM by PTM2020


SinCityHustler site profile image  

2/10/12 6:00 AM by SinCityHustler

 Pay Per Views are way down.  Other than Brock/Reem hitting 800k, we've seen a series of PPVs in the 200-300k range.  Although down for last year's standards, this is actually pretty good for current standards.  

sevenwithcheese site profile image  

2/9/12 12:48 PM by sevenwithcheese

You're wrong.  

Chris site profile image  

2/9/12 12:45 PM by Chris

 got to imagine a rematch would do even better.

JeffersonDArcyChoke site profile image  

2/9/12 10:41 AM by JeffersonDArcyChoke

It's hilarious that the bulk of people arguing over Nick's ability to sell PPV are the ones who watch on a stream/download a torrent. It's like fat people yelling about how broccoli is the top vegetable when they really only eat the stuff if it's coated in cheese.

lifeaftrprison site profile image  

2/9/12 10:39 AM by lifeaftrprison

Now 400k buys is good ? Since fucking when ? What other ppv that had a prime time special did less or close to same ? I may be wrong , but I think other ppv with prime times blow this away.

thefightingsheep site profile image  

2/9/12 10:09 AM by thefightingsheep

 That bodes really well for a GSP-DIaz PPV if it ever comes about.  I think that might be a non-Brock card that can flirt with 1,000,000 buys.

Idgetmyasskicked site profile image  

2/9/12 9:33 AM by Idgetmyasskicked

hmmm the year before super bowl show did 275 000 and ranked number 14 on the list for the year. And that is the year that Broke all records. So no... super bowl weekend has nothing to do with it.

Hungry4Stink site profile image  

2/9/12 8:46 AM by Hungry4Stink

Yeah it seems like expectations have been lowered.

Calhoon site profile image  

2/9/12 8:43 AM by Calhoon

Hmmm, I wonder what percentage of revenue went to the fighters.Close to 50%?