Many observers described UFC 182 was the first PPV event in some time to really get people talking.
Its much-anticipated headliner featured an undefeated challenger in Daniel Cormier and a dominant champion in Jon Jones. Here was an event that really felt like an event.
Early reports would indicate that the talk was followed through with action, as the event’s pay-per-view broadcast was the most-watched since 2013.
Longtime MMA journalist Dave Meltzer from MMA Fighting has reported that UFC 182 earned impressive PPV totals, between 740,000 and 820,000.
Meltzer notes that the totals for UFC 182 are particularly high when one considers that the broadcast was running head to head with an NFL playoff game.
It’s also exceptional when compared to the last two events which Jones headlined. UFC 172, in April of 2013, saw Jones defend his title against Glover Teixeira in an event which drew about 350,000 buys, per another Meltzer report. At UFC 165, Jones drew slightly fewer in his bout against Alexander Gustafsson.
This event drew more than both, combined. It also enjoyed a successful broadcast of preliminary bouts, as we reported earlier at Caged Insider.
The last event to score this high was UFC 168, which had about one million PPV viewers. That night, in December of 2013, Chris Weidman defeated Anderson Silva for the second time to defend the UFC Middleweight Championship. The popular Silva sustained a leg injury in the bout, and was inactive throughout 2014.
Silva will finally return to action later this month in another promising show for the UFC.