Looking back at the PPV History of UFC 162 main eventers
July 5, 2013
Welcome to another edition of PPV History. This time we take a look at the PPV History of UFC 162’s main eventers. Realistically, the strength of this event’s numbers rests solely on Anderson Silva.
Arguably, Silva is the GOAT (Greatest Of All Time), goat can have a dual meaning based on Silva’s whimsical attitudes when it comes to media (e.g., being fined $50K for missing media obligation in LA) and fights (UFC 112). But, Silva has a strong Brazilian following and his skills are second to none.
Father Time always wins (see Kobe Bryant), but he may be starting to look at his watch with Silva. Undoubtedly, Silva is a top draw (if not running a close second to GSP).
|UFC 153||Stephan Bonnar (W –TKO)||10/13/12||410,000|
|UFC 148||Chael Sonnen (W – TKO)||07/07/12||925,000|
|UFC 134||Yushin Okami (W – TKO)||08/27/11||335,000|
|UFC 126||Vitor Belfort (W – KO)||02/05/11||725,000|
|UFC 117||Chael Sonnen (W – Submission)||08/07/10||600,000|
Despite the two events less than 500K, which were both fights in Brazil, Silva is a must-see PPV main event.
The casual MMA fan does not know too much about Chris Weidman although this UFC Countdown help us get to know him and his personal story. Yet, he’s been off since last year so its hard to recall how he will do. He beat Mark Munoz in decisive fashion last year although Munoz states he was not at 100%.
|UFC on Fuel TV: Munoz v. Weidman||Mark Munoz (W – KO)||07/11/12||211,000 (Versus)|
|UFC on Fox: Evans v. Davis||Demian Maia (W)||01/28/12||4.7 million|
|UFC 139||Tom Lawlor (W – Technical Submission||11/19/11||290,000|
|UFC 131||Jesse Bongfeldt (W – Submission)||06/11/11||330,000|
|UFC Live: Sanchez v. Kampmann||Alessio Sakara (W)||03/03/11||681,000/0.67|
It will be interesting to see how Weidman does on Saturday. Aside from the Munoz fight, Weidman has been on the undercard of fights. If he beats Silva, he’ll shoot straight to the top as one of the faces of the UFC.
As for the rest of the card, Frankie Edgar is the only other UFC fighter with a PPV history worth mentioning. But, maybe we shouldn’t given the fact it’s not that good.
UFC 162’s success will depend on one fighter: Anderson Silva. While the marketing for Chris Weidman has been good, it’s relied on other fighters’ (i.e., GSP, Evans, Maynard) recommendations of his gym work to bolster his credibility. If Weidman succeeds, the UFC could have a new star. But Weidman himself is not the reason for the interest in the fight. But, its the intrigue of whether an upstart can dethrone the champion that will carry the fans on the fence to buy this PPV.