Looking back at the PPV history of UFC 158 main event fighters.
March 15, 2013
MMA Payout takes a look back at the prior PPV history of UFC 158’s main event fighters. The quick conclusion is that the success of the PPV boils down to GSP.
UFC 87 625,000 (vs. Jon Fitch)
UFC 94 920,000 (vs. BJ Penn II)
UFC 100 1.6M (vs. Thiago Alves)
UFC 111 770,000 (vs. Dan Hardy)
UFC 124 785,000 (vs. Josh Koscheck)
UFC 129 800,000 (vs. Jake Shields)
UFC 154 700,000 (vs. Carlos Condit)
The bell cow when it comes to UFC PPVs. With Brock Lesnar in the WWE, Georges St. Pierre is the King of UFC PPVs. I decided to start the list from his first title defense after winning the belt from Matt Serra at UFC 83. Notably, UFC 87 also marked the first UFC win for Brock Lesnar. GSP and Lesnar also appeared on the same card at UFC 100.
GSP’s average PPV buy rate since he’s had the welterweight title: ~886K. Of course, this includes UFC 100 and 129 but that should tell you that when the UFC has a major event, Georges St. Pierre will be on the card.
UFC 143 400,000 (Carlos Condit)
UFC 137 280,000 (vs. BJ Penn)
Only two entries for Diaz since he entered the UFC from Strikeforce. You recall UFC 137 was the event he was supposed to fight GSP and then was taken off the card only to be put back on after an injury to GSP caused a major reshuffle. Diaz is a polarizing figure and if he ever decides to “play the game” he has an appealing style that the casual fan could appreciate.
UFC 133 310,000 (vs. Mike Pierce)
UFC 141 535,000 (vs. Jon Fitch)
UFC 154 700,000 (vs. Martin Kampman)
UFC 132 320,000 (vs. Kim Dong-Hyun)
UFC 143 400,000 (vs. Diaz)
UFC 154 700,000 (vs. GSP)
Not much to say about Hendricks-Condit at this point. Both were on UFC 154 and Hendricks was on a Brock Lesnar card (141) hence the good buy rate. The winner of this match-up may have to wait until 2014 to get a shot at GSP assuming he wins and goes on to fight Anderson Silva later this year.
GSP should have this PPV around 700K buys. A ticked off GSP (or rattled depending on how you view it) against Nick Diaz could have it pushing higher. Diaz speaking at the teleconference and presser could only help the hype for people to buy this event.