UFC had a famously bad 2014 in terms of the success of their pay-per-view events.

The promotion was hit hard by injury, and lost much of its star power when George St-Pierre decided to take a sabbatical from MMA.

According to what numbers we have available, the promotion averaged 256,000 buys per event in 2014, which is down almost 50% from 2013’s average of 468,000. In the previous two years, the UFC averaged 448,000 and 413,000, respectively.

This year, the UFC enjoyed a bit of resurgence, with rising stars Ronda Rousey and Conor McGregor carrying the day. The year began with UFC 182, featuring a light heavyweight title bout between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier, which netted 800,000 buys. Back in August, Rousey’s title defense against Bethe Correia scored 900,000.

So, things looked good…

However, neither Rousey, nor McGregor, nor Jones were to be found at the most recent UFC PPV — which featured a light heavyweight title bout between Cormier (who won the title after Jones was forced to vacate) and Alexander Gustafsson.

Unfortunately, according to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (WON), it appears the numbers of PPV buys reflect the lack of star power:


The numbers would reflect the second lowest PPV buys of the year. Only the notoriously low-selling (albeit undeniably talented) Demetrious Johnson’s title defense back in April did worse.

Former champ Jones is expected to return to action soon.