There seemed to be a decent amount of buzz regarding a potential showdown between Colby Covington and Tyron Woodley. But, now that the latter’s fighting Darren Till at UFC 228 this Saturday, is the card going to tank in pay-per-view buys? “Chaos” says yes.
After Covington won the interim welterweight title in June, by defeating Rafael dos Anjos, it appeared to be full steam ahead, in terms of a bout with Woodley. But, the UFC wanted to add that title fight to Saturday’s card in Dallas, and since Covington needed surgery to repair some nasal issues, the promotion went with Till. According to Covington, that move was a big mistake, as recently he told FloCombat this:
“It’s short sighted. That fight’s not going to do 100,000 buys. Mark my words. If it does 100,000 buys, it will barely be over that,” Covington said. “If they would have waited a couple of months, it’s going to do a minimum of 500,000 buys.”
“I don’t know why they wanted to rush it, but unfortunately they needed a main event for that Dallas card ’cause that women’s fight, no one knows who they are,” Covington added.. “No one even knows they’re fighting. I don’t even know what the girls’ names are and I don’t care about that fight. So they needed a main event and everybody else is sucking on their thumbs and not ready to make the UFC and MMA great again.”
Less than 100,000? Or around that mark? Could Covington be right?
Well, there does seem to be a fair amount of interest in Till, as he’s gone undefeated, he’s a dangerous fighter, and he’s also a great interview. Woodley isn’t one of the UFC’s biggest draws, but he has been the champ for a couple of years now, and in recent months it does seem like his profile has grown.
When you consider that UFC 227, a card that featured TJ Dillashaw vs. Cody Garbrandt 2, and Demetrious Johnson vs. Henry Cejudo 2, is believed to have sold around 300,000 PPV buys, you would think UFC 228 won’t do that much worse. Valentina Shevchenko is fighting flyweight champ Nicco Montano in the co-headliner, and Shevchenko has become one of the UFC’s most recognizable, women fighters.
But, with UFC 229 right around the corner, and when you consider UFC 225 is believed to only sold around 250,000 buys, it wouldn’t be surprising at all if UFC 228 doesn’t hit the 200,000 mark. UFC 201 in 2016, which saw Woodley end Robbie Lawler’s reign, is believed to have moved around 240,000 buys. But at the time, Lawler wasn’t long removed from epic wars with Carlos Condit and Rory MacDonald.
UFC 228 will be hosted by the American Airlines Center.