Ronda Rousey’s return doesn’t appear to have set new pay-per-view records for the UFC, but the card was still a big hit nonetheless.
The former bantamweight champ returned to action for the first time in over a year at UFC 207, December 30th, and Rousey was quickly stopped by the champ, Amanda Nunes. Rousey hadn’t fought since November, 2015, when she was taken out by Holly Holm.
Leading up to the event, there was a lot of discussion about whether the card had a ton of buzz surrounding it. Well, according to a new report from MMA Fighting, preliminary estimates indicate UFC 207 drew 1.1 million pay-per-view buys. So, while it isn’t close to the 1.6 million or so that UFC 202 and Conor McGregor – Nate Diaz II pulled, UFC 207 was still a massive success. Especially when you consider that the December 30th card went down on a Friday, instead of the usual Saturday, and that Rousey did very little media prior to the card.
It’s also important to note that UFC 207 also featured Dominick Cruz – Cody Garbrandt, and there certainly appeared to be a lot of interest in that bout. Garbrandt grabbed the 135 title from Cruz via unanimous decision.
Now it remains to be seen if Rousey decides to fight again, and if she does, what kind of draw she’ll be. If McGregor does end up taking multiple months off, however, it’s hard to imagine the UFC beating its PPV sales for 2016 this year.