The guru of PPV buy info, Dave Meltzer of MMA Fighting, posted an article yesterday where he talks about the number of buys for the February UFC 169 show and the March UFC 170 event. Neither show had a ton of buzz going in despite two titles being defended on the 169 card and Ronda Rousey fighting on 170. So it shouldn't come as much of a surprise that neither show blew the roof off when it came to buys. Here's what he has to say about UFC 169:
Both shows this year performed well above what appears to be UFC's bottom base in the 150,000 buy range.
UFC 169, which took place on Feb. 1, is currently estimated at doing 230,000 buys based on various sources. The show, held in Newark, N.J., on the eve of the Super Bowl, featured two lighter weight title matches held by two of the best fighters in the sport, Renan Barao and Jose Aldo.
And here's the info for UFC 170:
UFC 170, headlined by Ronda Rousey vs. Sara McMann, is estimated at doing 340,000 buys. That's down from Rousey's first main event, one year earlier, with Liz Carmouche. But the drop is hardly unexpected.
Meltzer goes in-depth on each number in the article, and also discusses where a bunch of UFC champions sit in terms of drawing power on PPV. It's a worthwhile read, which you can check out here.