UFC McGregor bio indicates UFC 189 did 1M PPV buys

July 24, 2015

UFC is reporting that UFC 189 drew 1 million PPV buys according to the biography of Conor McGregor on the company’s web siteMMA Junkie noted the information on McGregor’s bio.

Via UFC.com:

The fight attracted a record 16,019 fans to the MGM Grand Garden Arena, plus a $7.2-million live gate and 1 million pay per view buys, proving McGregor’s sizable drawing power. Some 3,000 Irish fans converged on Las Vegas and left deliriously happy.

UFC 189 would be the first PPV hitting 1 million PPV buys since UFC 168 which featured Silva-Weidman II and Tate-Rousey in December 2013. Prior to that, you’d have to look to July 2010 and UFC 116 (Lesnar-Carwin) for a PPV to strike 1 million PPV buys.

Payout Perspective:

If the PPV number is correct, it shows that the ratings from the UFC 189 Prelims were an inconsistent indicator of PPV success. UFC 189 Prelims on FS1 drew only 847,000 viewers.  The televised Prelims usually entice “on the fence” fans to purchase the PPV.  Here, one might conclude that people already were set to buy the PPV because of McGregor.  This would be great for the UFC as it has a confirmed PPV star in the new interim Featherweight champion.

It’s interesting that the information on PPV buys was somewhat buried in the bio of McGregor and not officially announced by the UFC.  Usually, when organizations do well business-wise there is some release about the information.  For instance, Bellator’s tentpole events 131 and 138 ratings were announced immediately when received as the company was happy with the great ratings.  Here, no official announcement. We shall see if we get an official announcement soon.

38 Responses to “UFC McGregor bio indicates UFC 189 did 1M PPV buys”

  1. saldathief on July 24th, 2015 6:10 AM

    oh wait all the sudden the ufc releases ppv figures???? bahahahhahaha SURE!!!
    More bullshit I say, who cares anymore its all lies lies lies. All other numbers in the toilet across the board. Why is it always fishy circumstances ? nothing is even straight forward or on the up and up. What an amateur bogus company. More to come soon! hahahahah

  2. Chris on July 24th, 2015 6:19 AM

    Have to see what Meltzer says but he did say it was looking like 800-1.1 mill.

    Thats awesome for UFC and McGregor, dude is the biggest new star in combat sports. Him and Ronda are biggest new stars, once Floyd and Manny are gone the top two stars in combat sports will be them.

    Great to see, McGregor/Aldo will be even bigger.

  3. d on July 24th, 2015 7:11 AM

    Even though, I agree not to take the word of promoters for ppv numbers, it never stopped Sal from taking the word of Arum or Ellerbe. I guess its only true when career sociopathic scumbags like Arum and Ellerbe make those claims.

    I’ll wait for Meltzer’s final tallies to come out, but won’t be surprised at all if it did hit 1m given his statements and estimates surrounding the ppv.

  4. d on July 24th, 2015 7:13 AM

    Chris, in terms of ppv, McGregor is bigger than both boxers now. Mayweather/Pac can’t do those numbers with low profile opponents. Mayweather won’t even fight Berto on ppv, because he knows it will bomb. Pacquaio did 350k buys with Algieri and 475k with Rios.

  5. saldathief on July 24th, 2015 7:36 AM

    Arum is a worm and more of a scumbag then Dana, dana is an amateur girl scout
    in comparison. Boxing numbers are way more accurate, more people involved and most events are co promoted by numerous entities. besides Boxing has no reason to fucking lie day and night like the ufc does! The UFC cant tell the truth about what day it is. And why would they have to pay morons like D and others to post and reinforce all the lies???????? Conor is the flavor of the week, there will be no discussion of him in 2 years!!!! Short excitement span like the UFC and 99% of its fighters!!

  6. d on July 24th, 2015 8:12 AM

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! Boxing numbers are more accurate according to a boxing paid troll like you, you stupid fuck.

    Here’s the difference: The UFC at least has someone calling them out on their bullshit if they throw out an inflated number or leak it through Iole. Meltzer has contradicted them tons of times. On the other hand, boxing at this point has no one. Rafael used to, but it is pretty evident that ESPN scolded him for it last time when he said Espinoza, etc were full of shit on the Gayweather-Guerrero numbers. Arum/Ellerbe/Schaeffer etc call each other liars on ppv numbers all the time. Someone’s gotta be lying, right, idiot?

    McGregor will be around for quite some time- whether or not he is selling like he is now, I doubt it. But if he beats Aldo- (which he very well may), he’ll still be big 2 years from now, even if he loses the title.

    You are such an idiot.

  7. tops E on July 24th, 2015 9:52 AM

    Hahahahahaha…official numbers,first it was work at home meltzer now connor biogrphy hahahaha…they needed to release this unofficial numbers because of the bad press ufc is getting these past few days…duran,reebok etc…..

  8. d on July 24th, 2015 9:58 AM

    No one ever releases the official numbers genius.

  9. saldathief on July 24th, 2015 11:47 AM

    D obviously doesn’t know recent UFC history of story fairytale fighters that come and go just like UFC fans. Wait and see fuck tool! Boxing is a real sport the UFC is Dana’s imagination and nothing else. Talk about a gullible moron, go look in the mirror of the mens room that you clean. bahahaha I could write for 20 min of all the BIG NEW UFC STARS that amounted to dog shit and that are here today and gone tomorrow. Conor will be done in less then 2 years! wait and see

  10. anti trolls on July 24th, 2015 12:14 PM

    Sal and tops are pathetic losers

  11. FightBusiness on July 24th, 2015 12:21 PM

    Is 1 million ppv’s good? yes but this was suppose to be their biggest fight in a decade. It would have done 1.3 with aldo in it. very good but really shows how limited the UFC’s ceiling is. They promoted this shit like hell. Boxing did 4.4 million ppv buys with fuckin welterweights. 2.5 million with mayweather and canelo. if they had a bunch of stars they could do 1.8 million ppv buys consistantly. canelo vs cotto definately beats this.

  12. FightBusiness on July 24th, 2015 12:22 PM

    unlike mma fans I follow numbers 1 million ppv buys is good. its not good however considering all the promotion they put into it and knwoing this is their absolute ceiling

  13. Pink Pig on July 24th, 2015 12:25 PM

    Hahahaha 1M buys buried by UFC? Garbage buries garbage.

    Woops… looks like Mayweather ain’t retiring until 2017. http://www.boxingscene.com/mayweather-sho-cbs-talks-contract-extension–93884

  14. d on July 24th, 2015 12:46 PM

    Sal is ranting again like the incoherent retard he is. Nothing new.

  15. d on July 24th, 2015 12:47 PM


    1m isn’t good considering what they put into it? So you have some hard figures or other evidence that can prove this wasn’t a good number? We also don’t even know if it hit 1m, but it was probably close considering Meltzer’s numbers.

  16. d on July 24th, 2015 12:53 PM

    Notice Sampson’s own source words it as follows:

    “Mayweather, SHO/CBS in Talks For Contract Extension?” Notice that pesky question mark at the end of the statement.

    The only way Mayweather comes back is if he takes on a series of non contenders in just low risk fights and they won’t be on ppv. He will never fight a worthy opponent again. He doesn’t want to risk it. That’s what his potential contract will involve. His father even leaked that info by saying he should retire, rather than waste time with these joke opponents.

    Watch his fight on CBS bomb big time in the ratings.

  17. Logical on July 24th, 2015 2:32 PM

    I’ll wait for Dave Meltzers’ estimates… Quinton Jackson mentioned a while ago that when it comes to PPV buys the UFC has a habit of telling the media one thing and privately telling fighters another thing, whatever works to their advantage in any particular case–whether it’s higher or lower, but one thing is sure, they never release the actual official numbers.

  18. Fight Fan on July 24th, 2015 4:54 PM

    lol still waiting on official numbers, if they were that good ufc would have came out right away touting them. Instead its been 2 weeks and still nothing.

  19. Fight Fan on July 24th, 2015 5:07 PM

    pretty sad though that their source is a bio page lol, that’s like reading a high school football roster with loaded stats for each player.

  20. tops E on July 24th, 2015 8:45 PM

    Ufc pays peanuts to fighters because they pay a lot of money to the media to build the ufc hype bubble….hahahahahaha….huge loan due

  21. tops E on July 24th, 2015 8:52 PM

    A lot of fans in mma websites dont beleive bio page hahahahahaha..

  22. d on July 24th, 2015 9:28 PM

    Yet you retards take boxing promoters at their word. Delusions.

  23. The Greatest on July 25th, 2015 12:38 AM

    D is still denying 4.4m happened, shaking his head like a fuckin goon.

  24. d on July 25th, 2015 6:29 AM

    The Gayest accepts the word of Bob Arum and Leonard Ellerbe, then calls Dana White a liar. He is really bright.

    Great read:


  25. d on July 25th, 2015 7:37 AM
  26. tops E on July 25th, 2015 11:32 AM

    Are these articles part of what dw said that they pay media? Hahahahaha

  27. tops E on July 25th, 2015 11:37 AM
  28. tops E on July 25th, 2015 11:38 AM

    Connor wins bet is the same as dw jumping off mgm aftr ufc 100…pathetic….hahahaha

  29. d on July 25th, 2015 1:25 PM

    Talking about paying people off, Top Rank/Mayweather had ESPN force Rafael to stop releasing ppv numbers. Hahaha.

  30. Combo on July 25th, 2015 2:33 PM

    UFC 189 is what The Fight of the Century hoped to be. Instead, most of the viewers found it boring and likely didn’t attract much needed fans from the younger demographic, which MMA now rules in the important US market.

    UFC 189, on the other hand, was considered the greatest event by many and set up an even bigger fight (Aldo VS McGregor), helping to attract even more fans and continuing its growth.

    Future of MMA continues to look good.

  31. tops E on July 25th, 2015 5:43 PM
  32. tops E on July 25th, 2015 5:44 PM

    Ufc loaned millions to payoff the media hahahahaha

  33. Combo on July 25th, 2015 7:03 PM

    And the future still looks great.
    GREAT main event fight tonight again (Barao-TJ).
    Great potential match-up between TJ and Cruz.

    Meanwhile, Floyd wants to fight…Berto, and “The boxing world thinks Floyd Mayweather’s next fight is a complete joke”.


  34. d on July 26th, 2015 6:20 AM

    Looks like Mayweather-Berto is headed to ppv. This will literally be his lowest selling ppv since prior to De La Hoya.


  35. The Greatest on July 26th, 2015 7:03 AM

    Boxing has the highest selling ppv of all combat Sports this year and the top 3-5 most watched events in all of combat sports.


  36. The Greatest on July 26th, 2015 7:06 AM

    Am i wrong D?
    Boxing has the top 3-5 most watched events this year in combat sports.
    Lets hear it spin doctor

  37. d on July 26th, 2015 7:59 AM

    The Gayest suffers from delusions of grandeur and stalking behavior.

    He believes Art Jimmerson was a prodigy but had his career derailed by a lack of clarity in the rules of the UFC.

  38. mmaguru on July 26th, 2015 8:44 AM

    Best to wait for third party sources. Unlikely the event hit the 1 million buyrate.
    Early indicators suggest 700+ K.

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