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The UFC 167 20th anniversary card on November 16 will be huge, with the promotions' #1 (GSP) and #2 (Chael Sonnen) PPV draws both fighting on the same card. However, UFC president Dana White says that UFC 168 on Dec. 28 will be bigger still. In fact, White says UFC 168 will be the biggest PPV in the league's history.

At UFC 168, middleweight champion Chris Weidman will fight former champion Anderson Silva, and UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey will fight bitter, bitter give-her-the-finger-all-the-time rival Miesha Tate, following a season of TUF.

"Georges St-Pierre is our biggest pay-per-view star," said White during a recent UFN 31 con call, as transcribed by MMAMania. "Chael Sonnen argues with me and disagrees with me, of course because he's on the card, and Georges St. Pierre is obviously the biggest star we have in pay-per-view, but I think 168 will beat it. As we get closer, you get more of a feeling on what you're going to do. I know this is a bold prediction, but I think 168 is going to be the biggest pay-per-view we've ever done."

In order to be the biggest PPV ever, UFC 168 will have to beat UFC 100:


Although official figures were never released, UFC 100 is believed to have gotten about 1,500,000 PPV buys.

The math is pretty simple.

Is Brock Lesnar + GSP in 2009 < Anderson Silva rematch + Ronda Rousey in 2013? What do you think UG?


11/8/13 6:27 PM
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I hope he's right. Would be great.
11/8/13 6:33 PM
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It will be close I think... I know that I invited all my friends to see this one a month ago. That is the card I am looking forward to the most personally.
11/8/13 6:38 PM
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Then need a couple more big names behind the main and co main imho...card falls off a little after those two. Phone Post
11/8/13 6:39 PM
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It's gonna be a great Holiday Season.

11/8/13 6:45 PM
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not even close.
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Oh word? Again? How convenient Phone Post
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with the promotions' #1 (GSP) and #2 (Chael Sonnen) PPV draws

link to Chael being the #2 PPV draw?
11/8/13 6:53 PM
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" Is Brock Lesnar + GSP in 2009 < Anderson Silva rematch + Ronda Rousey in 2103?"


Now THAT is longevity Phone Post
11/8/13 7:07 PM
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Just Dana's way of promoting the fight. Tell the people it is the biggest ever. People don't want to feel left out of the biggest event ever, so more people buy. We Shall see...
11/8/13 7:22 PM
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I don't see it.

It'll be close, but Brock brought the WWE fans and those people are very cool with buying PPVS.

11/8/13 7:25 PM
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promoters gonna promote
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Not a chance. I don't think it will even break one million. Anderson's just not that big of a draw and weidman's not nearly well-known enough to have that significant an impact.

I don't think their first fight even did 500,000?
11/8/13 7:33 PM
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Didn't Dana say the Sonnen rematch would break the record too and that didn't even surpass 1 million, which is far short of doing that.
11/8/13 7:41 PM
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won't even come close to UFC 100.
11/8/13 7:49 PM
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add the ppv buys for 167 and 168 together and they won't surpass UFC 100...there's smoke and mirrors, then there's just totally delusional crazy-speak like this...
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"The math is pretty simple.
Is Brock Lesnar + GSP in 2009 < Anderson Silva rematch + Ronda Rousey in 2103? What do you think UG?"

I think we'll never know because we'll all be dead when they fight in 2103. Phone Post
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Haha, chael #2, lollll
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Choochy - "The math is pretty simple.
Is Brock Lesnar + GSP in 2009 < Anderson Silva rematch + Ronda Rousey in 2103? What do you think UG?"

I think we'll never know because we'll all be dead when they fight in 2103. Phone Post
We'll all be dead when they fight in 2103. Phone Post
11/8/13 8:00 PM
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I think they meant part of the #1 and #2 biggest ppvs of all time

Cause chael was part of 136, which was abysmal for buys with who they had on it.
11/8/13 8:02 PM
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da Vinci 81 - Not a chance. I don't think it will even break one million. Anderson's just not that big of a draw and weidman's not nearly well-known enough to have that significant an impact.

I don't think their first fight even did 500,000?

I have to agree with you. I think it will do all right but i'm thinking 7-800k all right. And i think that's a big "IF"

11/8/13 8:08 PM
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I'd be really surprised if it beat 100.
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Come on son... Cain and Jones cant even break 400k buys in the current climate.  Let's take baby steps...  first get back to over 800k on fs1 and then we can talk about "biggest this" and "Biggest that".

Infact, let's just remove "biggest" from the vocabulary for the time being.

11/8/13 8:29 PM
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I'm pretty sure 167 will outsell 168. Phone Post

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