Meltzer: UFC 168 PPV buys 'probably' going to be 1.1 million


Wrestling Observer Radio with Bryan Alvarez and Dave Meltzer aired live from Las Vegas on Wednesday, and early on moved from a discussion of WWE PPV buys to UFC PPV buys.

Bryan Alvarez: The UFC buy rate, what's it looking like for the Silva show? It was not a failure, PPV is not dead when you have the right event.

Dave Meltzer: No no no. It's between 1 and 1.1 million… The late buys haven't been counted, and there's always going to be lag in recording, things like that, so it's probably going to end up 1.1 million.

Listen to entire interview... (8:30 mark)

This figure would place UFC 168 among the top MMA PPV buys of all time.

#1. UFC 100
July 21, 2009,  Las Vegas, Nevada
Buys: 1,600,000
Gate: $5,128,490
Main Events:
UFC Heavyweight championship Unification: Brock Lesnar (champion) vs. Frank Mir (interim champion)
UFC Welterweight championship: Georges St-Pierre (champion) vs. Thiago Alves
Dan Henderson vs. Michael Bisping

#2. UFC 116: Lesnar vs Carwin
July 3, 2010,  Las Vegas, Nevada
Buys: 1,116,000
Gate: $2,053,990
Main Event:
UFC Heavyweight championship Unification: Brock Lesnar (champion) vs. Shane Carwin (interim champion)
#3. UFC 158: St-Pierre vs Diaz
March 16, 2013, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Buys:  1,100,000
Gate: $3,710,000
Main Event:
UFC Welterweight championship: Georges St-Pierre (champion) vs. Nick Diaz

UFC 168: Weidman vs. Silva
December 28, 2013, Las Vegas, Nevada
Buys:  1,100,000 (preliminary)
Gate: $6,200,000
Main Events:
UFC Middleweight Championship: Chris Weidman (champion) vs. Anderson Silva
UFC Women's Bantanmweight championship: Ronda Rousey (champion) vs. Miesha Tate

The UFC 168 figures are all the more impressive given the one-time $5 PPV price increase.


tags: UFC 168   Anderson Silva (detail)  Chris Weidman   


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The Chronicle site profile image  

1/10/14 3:25 PM by The Chronicle

The Anderson effect.Shame it's potentially his last fight.

ShoreBreakersPeePeeTasteGoooood site profile image  

1/10/14 2:13 PM by ShoreBreakersPeePeeTasteGoooood

Here's where your extra $5 went:  

JimmersonzGlove site profile image  

1/10/14 2:11 PM by JimmersonzGlove

To pop a PPV number that big it's gotta be in America so you can get mainstream media behind it. ESPN setting up station and pumping this card helped it a lot. You wouldn't get that as much if it wasn't in a major US city.

JimmersonzGlove site profile image  

1/10/14 2:01 PM by JimmersonzGlove

I think the holidays work in UFC's favor too. They should put emphesis on a year end card like they did with Chuck vs Wand/GSP vs Hughes stacked card. People are gathered together and are more likely to want to purchase an event. Do a card the final Saturday of the year every year...not the first weekend of January like they've done the last couple.

MMALOGIC site profile image  

1/10/14 1:32 PM by MMALOGIC

  i dont see any fight breaking 800k let alone 1 million...  Gus vs Jones 2 may sniff 700k if all the stars align but even that is optimistic.   if brock came back on july 4th and if Rousy fills some of the void GSP and Anderson left behind then maybe a card with both of them would do over 700k. It all depends on how well rousy and jones fill the void gsp and anderson left behind... and to a lesser extent weidman, cain and hendricks. Hopefully GSP returns by the end of the year to unify the title.  rousey needs to fight 3 times this year... and hopefully jones gets to the next level. Zuffa would do cartwheels if hendricks vs lawler pulls over 400k. 

GayGuardMooseSaucy site profile image  

1/10/14 1:07 PM by GayGuardMooseSaucy

What fights have the potential do a million this year? Gus vs. Jones 2 with maybe Rousey/Zingano as the co-main Weidman/Vitor, although I think it'll do more in the 600K range Lawler/Hendricks should do 500k-600kIt's gonna be a rough year.

FreeVNasty site profile image  

1/10/14 9:45 AM by FreeVNasty

what's your point? He's only been drawing big since 2007. People need to stop using time as if it's a defense for drawing low.

GriffinQ site profile image  

1/9/14 5:35 PM by GriffinQ

It made it to the front page from MULTIPLE different default subreddits. IIRC, r/WTF and r/Videos both had it, and perhaps one more default subreddit that I can't recall. Plus the obvious combat sports ones, but those aren't default subreddits.

mikinoki site profile image  

1/9/14 5:29 PM by mikinoki

Yeah and Floyd has been undefeated and fighting since 96 so....

carmelo site profile image  

1/9/14 5:15 PM by carmelo

Really, 1.1 mil was their second highest? Floyd had double that at a highest price in his last fight. He usually average 1.2 mil buys anyway