GSP-led UFC 154 estimated at 700,000 PPV buys

Thursday, November 29, 2012

UFC 154, which featured the return of the company’s top pay-per-view drawing card, Georges St. Pierre, did a number estimated at 680,000 to 700,000 buys, based on different sources.

The event, with St-Pierre unifying the company’s welterweight titles with a five-round decision over interim champion Carlos Condit, took place on Nov. 17 at the Bell Centre in Montreal. The numbers were at the level of most predictions going in. They would rank with UFC 145, headlined by Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans on April 21, as the company’s second biggest show of the year.

The company’s biggest event of 2012 is believed to have been UFC 148, headlined by Anderson Silva’s middleweight title defense over Chael Sonnen, that did an estimate of 925,000 buys, the company’s best showing since 2010. The latter two matches were the result of strong rivalries between two of the company’s biggest stars, whereas the Condit fight had no real grudge match aspect and Condit was not an established draw.

UFC does not release pay-per-view numbers and estimates come from a variety of industry sources.

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