Report: UFC 219 draws in the range of 340,000 to 380,000 PPV buys

January 13, 2018

UFC 219 is estimated at doing between 340,000 to 380,000 buys according to Dave Meltzer writing for MMA Fighting.  It would make it the third-highest selling PPV of 2017.

The event featured Cris Cyborg taking on Holly Holm.  It’s the first event featuring a women’s bout not including Ronda Rousey that has eclipsed 200,000 buys.  Last February, Holm and Germaine de Randamie drew 200,000 buys and Amanda Nunes-Valentina Schevchenko drew 100,000 buys.  Technically, UFC 200 featured Miesha Tate and Nunes, which drew over 1 million buys, but the real draw was Brock Lesnar’s return against Mark Hunt and a match between Daniel Cormier and Anderson Silva.

Cyborg sent a tweet hinting at the event’s success.

The UFC 219 Prelims drew 949,000 viewers on FS1 and had over 1 million google searches for UFC 219 on the Saturday of the event.  These indicators were signs that the event would do well.

Payout Perspective:

While 340-380K PPV buys does not seem like a success, it is if you consider that those fighters that receive PPV upside kick in starting at 200K PPV buys.  So, if fighters did have points above 200K buys, this would be a great result for them.  The mid-300s is not what you would think of a successful PPV but if you were to compare it over the years to other cards without GSP, McGregor, Lesnar, Rousey or Jones-Cormier, it has to be a positive.

One Response to “Report: UFC 219 draws in the range of 340,000 to 380,000 PPV buys”

  1. Jesse on January 20th, 2018 1:32 AM

    i was close

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