Though official pay-per-view statistics for Affliction “Banned” have yet to be released, the event “definitely” exceeded 100,000 buys according to Affliction vice president Tom Atencio through Yahoo! Sports:
â€œI donâ€™t have everything on that yet, but for the people who felt this was going to be a total flop in that regard, I have news for them,â€ Atencio said. â€œItâ€™s already done a lot better than what Iâ€™ve heard people speculating. Iâ€™m not going to release the (official) number, but itâ€™s already well beyond what people have been saying. Well beyond.â€
Atencio would only say the final number â€œdefinitelyâ€ would be beyond 100,000.
The strong pay-per-view buy rate coupled with a $2.085 million live gate and less-than-expected fighter salaries, which totaled greater than $3.4 million but were rumored to exceed $4 million, prove that Affliction is indeed legitimate competition for the UFC.
Affliction’s next event is tentatively scheduled for November 8th.