The estimated pay-per-view numbers for UFC 227 have been released and all things considered, they’re not awful.
UFC 227 was a successful event by all accounts. The fights delivered, the gate was strong, and when Monday came around – there were more than a few fresh narratives and talking-points for us to sink our teeth into.
Demetrious Johnson’s era of dominance over the flyweight division came to a stunning – albeit controversial end as the former Olympian Henry Cejudo managed to edge him out on the scorecards in the co-main.
In the night’s top-billed fight, the rivalry between former-teammates TJ Dillashaw and Cody Garbrandt came to a temporary end as the champ managed to record his second stoppage victory over the same man in the space of a year.
With the two lightest divisional titles on the promotion’s male roster up for grabs, there was certainly no shortage of reasons to tune in and with MMAFighting reporting that the buy-rate for the card came in at a respectful 300k, it appears as though there was enough interest in the card on paper to warrant a decently strong figure.
300k buys places UFC 227 as the fourth most-bought show of 2018 so far.
UFC 226: Miocic vs. Cormier – 380,000
UFC 220: Miocic vs. Ngannou – 380,000
UFC 223: Nurmagomedov vs. Iaquinta – 350,000
UFC 227: Dillashaw vs. Garbrandt II – 300,000
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
It’s not a terrible score by any means but still, with the some of the biggest stars in the sport today now edging closer to their return, the promotion will no doubt be hoping that they can end this year on a financial high.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena