UFC 162 was by all indications a financial and marketing success, since people are still talking about Anderson Silva’s shocking loss to Chris Weidman, but the card reportedly didn’t pull as many pay-per-view buys as the promotion was expecting.
Following the historic July 6th card, UFC President Dana White said the event was trending at 800,000 PPV buys, which would have made it the second highest best PPV card for the year behind UFC 158 (which is believed to have sold around 950,000). According to a follow up report from MMA Fighting.com and Dave Meltzer, however, “industry sources” say UFC 162 is estimated to have sold 550,000.
Those numbers are believed to be in line with UFC 159 on April 27th, which saw Jon Jones take out Chael Sonnen in the opening round. So, considering that Weidman wasn’t a familiar name with many mainstream fans several months ago, the UFC is probably still pretty happy with the sales. As Meltzer also noted, the co-main-event for UFC 162 saw Frankie Edgar battle Charles Oliveira, and Oliveira doesn’t have the same profile as some of the former lightweight champ’s previous opponents.
In addition, the card pulled a gate of nearly five million dollars, which makes it one of the top selling MMA events to be hosted by the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Chances are, UFC 168 on December 28th will crush these figures, as not only will Weidman-Silva II be massive, but the event also features bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey taking on Miesha Tate.
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