The estimated numbers for UFC 225 are in and all things considered, the cards performance in relation to the others this year won’t blow anyone’s mind.
A lot of questions over the drawing power of a post-Mickey Gall CM Punk were answered today as MMAFighting reported that the PPV buys for the show came in at a surprisingly low 250k.
None of the top four fighters to fight for the belts on offer are proven draws but in the former WWE superstar CM Punk, there was at least a feeling that the numbers would elevate to a more impressive standing but in relation to this year’s PPV cards, UFC 225 doesn’t do anything particularly strong.
UFC 220: Miocic vs. Ngannou – 380,000
UFC 223: Nurmagomedov vs. Iaquinta – 350,000
UFC 222: Cyborg vs. Kunitskaya – 260,000
UFC 225: Whittaker vs. Romero – 250,000
UFC 221: Romero vs. Rockhold – 130,000
UFC 224: Nunes vs. Pennington – 85,000
Whittaker and Romero’s first meeting at UFC 213 came in at 150,000 buys – which I suppose does pale in comparison to UFC 225’s return but overall, this trend continues a pretty underwhelming year for the promotion on this front.
With UFC 226, UFC 227 and the possible return of Conor McGregor on the cards, however, chances are they will end the year on a very strong note.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena