For an event headlined by a bout, which several months ago, not too many people were keen on, there’s no question that UFC 162 was a big success. After the July 6th card went down, and Chris Weidman ended the historic reign of Anderson Silva, Dana White relayed that the card was trending at around 800,000 pay-per-view buys. Now a couple weeks removed from the event, a report has surfaced stating the the event probably drew around 550,000.
The news comes from MMA Fighting.com’s Dave Meltzer, who cites industry sources for providing the estimated figures. While it’s quite a bit less than 800K, the PPV numbers are comparable to what UFC 159 is believed to have drawn, which featured Jon Jones taking on Chael Sonnen. The year’s best PPV draw thus far, is UFC 158, which saw Georges St. Pierre battle Nick Diaz and is believed to have sold around 950,000 views.
So, in other words, the UFC will probably be just fine with the reported figure, as Weidman wasn’t a big name heading into the event and the back story to the bout had nothing similar to the profile of Silva-Sonnen (one or two). In addition, UFC 162 drew a gate of nearly $5 million dollars and over 12,000 people were in the MGM Grand Garden Arena to catch the event.
Now it will be interesting to see what Weidman-Silva II pulls on December 28th at UFC 168. One would think the UFC will be shocked and disappointed if it doesn’t pull over one million views. Especially since Ronda Rousey will fight Miesha Tate that same night.
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