Meltzer: Rousey is UFC's 5th biggest PPV draw


Dave thought the fight would draw 200,000-300,000 PPV buys tops, similar to what Frankie Edgar or Jose Aldo draw. Instead, it drew much stronger numbers 400,000-500,000.

Dave claims that DirecTV is stating that no other UFC PPV show has ever sold more buys for the High Definition telecast than UFC 157 drew.

Dave said Rousey/Carmouche out-drew Anderson Silva/Stephan Bonnar and was parallel to the Jon Jones/Vitor Belfort fight. “I suspect Ronda (will be) no worse than the #5 draw in the company if she continues to win.” Dave says that one UFC company source believes Ronda can draw 700,000 PPV buys a fight if she continues her winning streak over the next year.

Ranking UFC’s top 5 PPV attractions: Georges St. Pierre, Jon Jones, Anderson Silva, Cain Velasquez, and Ronda Rousey.

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KingofBJJ site profile image  

3/6/13 1:10 PM by KingofBJJ

The UFC doesn't mention anything about PPV buys. With regards to this, it is her first event.You should wait until several fights have happened before making such a claim.

MMALOGIC site profile image  

3/6/13 3:17 AM by MMALOGIC

Ronda is already a bigger draw than every UFC champ under 170... with Benson being featured on fox twice he may eventually break the 400k buy mark once he moves over to ppv... but we'll have to wait and see if that happens.  If benson's next ppv fight pulls over 400k buys then the fox platform has proven to be a very successful ppv driver for the UFC. There are some indicators that it is working... for example... JDS pulled 275k buys against carwin (after a stint on tuf).  He then fought Cain on Fox and his next ppv *ufc 146) pulled over 500k buys.  His ppv after that (ufc 155) again pulled over 500k buys. Benson's next ppv headlined fight will confirm whether or not Fox is an effective ppv driver.

duckhuntgangsta site profile image  

3/6/13 3:16 AM by duckhuntgangsta

The media is what really pushed this. It was a historic fight.

stonepony site profile image  

3/6/13 3:02 AM by stonepony

The card with the Frankie vs Aldo super-fight was obviously far more stacked. Lyoto vs Dan was an irrelevant fight that people were simply interested to see for it's fun-value. Not because of it's impact in the division or the sport. Subtract JJ from LHW and it would have been an important fight.

stonepony site profile image  

3/6/13 2:59 AM by stonepony

You skipped the good fight and sat through Lyoto vs Dan? Damn.

Anderson's BBC in my Goku site profile image  

3/5/13 7:41 PM by Anderson's BBC in my Goku

uhhh, yes defnitely more stacked..not even a poll if you want

Glovegate site profile image  

3/5/13 7:05 PM by Glovegate

Overeem's fight was considered a gimme by many uneducated people.  Rashad vs little Nog wasn't interesting as Nog wasn't exactly deserving of it and it looked like a get-Rashad-back-on-track fight.  Maia vs Fitch had decision written all over it.  Benavidez vs McCall was FlyW, most just-bleeders don't care about it. So, no.  Not at all more stacked.

FOX N00B site profile image  

3/5/13 6:25 PM by FOX N00B

It's a popularity contest and it makes sense. Ronda is the 4th most popular champ on Twitter behind Spider, GSP and Bones. Cain Velasquez 201k followersJon Bones Jones 562k followersAnderson Silva 3,105k followersGSP 624k followersBenson Henderson 107k followersJose Aldo 175k followersDominick Cruz 77k followersDemetrious Johnson 41k followersRonda Rousey 248k followersHaving Hendo (195k followers), Machida (254k followers) and Faber (249k followers) didn't hurt things either. It was a stacked card.

Anderson's BBC in my Goku site profile image  

3/5/13 6:17 PM by Anderson's BBC in my Goku

  easy, you compare this card to other cards with similar fighters or the same fighters...also u take into account that she had a record of ratings at strikeforce that was also very good and beat the likes of hendo and others  

Anderson's BBC in my Goku site profile image  

3/5/13 6:16 PM by Anderson's BBC in my Goku

nope. compare this to the aldo/frankie card which was an even more stacked did much worse