As the Ultimate Fighting Championship continues to prepare for a busy schedule in the coming weeks, preliminary information has emerged regarding how the promotion’s recent UFC 163 and UFC 161 pay-per-view cards performed. Just as a quick refresher, the August 3rd, UFC 163 card featured featherweight champ Jose Aldo taking on Chan Sung Jung in the main event, and UFC 161 on June 15th saw Dan Henderson battle Rashad Evans in the headliner.
According to a report from MMA Fighting.com, early estimates indicate that UFC 163 drew between 170,000 and 190,000 buys for the card, which went down in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In addition to Aldo-Jung, which saw the champion stop “The Korean Zombie’, the card also featured Phil Davis working his way to a split decision win over former light-heavyweight champ Lyoto Machida.
So, as the article points out, the figures reflect there is some interest in the featherweight title and Aldo, even if the numbers are considerably less than what other champions like Georges St. Pierre or Anderson Silva draw. That said, you have to wonder what the numbers would have been if Anthony Pettis had fought Aldo as originally scheduled (even if “TKZ” is a fan favorite with hardcore fans).
UFC 161, reportedly generated less buys than UFC 163, as according to the report the Winnipeg card sold around 135 to 155K PPVs. Roy Nelson was brought into face Stipe Miocic at that event, after interim bantamweight champ Renan Barao was unable to fight Eddie Wineland as scheduled due to injury. Nelson was badly out gunned by the heavyweight Miocic and lost by UD.
If you’re wondering, UFC 162, which featured Anderson Silva taking on Chris Weidman (you may have heard about it), is estimated to have drawn around 550,000 buys.
So, considering UFC Fight Night 26 just pulled great ratings for FOX Sports 1 the promotion might not be too concerned about these figures, even if some critics cite them as evidence of ‘over saturation.’
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