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Ronda Rousey looking to break several records at UFC 193

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With Rousey now facing Holly Holm in November, she has a chance at breaking several UFC records.

Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports

News broke last night that Ronda Rousey vs. Holly Holm had been moved from UFC 195 on January 2nd, 2016 to UFC 193 on November 15th, 2015, replacing Robbie Lawler vs. Carlos Condit.

With the change in headliner comes a great opportunity for Rousey to make history and break several records. The first and most obvious record breaking accomplishment would be to main event a card that breaks the UFC record for attendance. The current record of 55,724 belongs to Georges St. Pierre and Jake Shields, who headlined UFC 129 at the Rogers Centre.

The UFC doesn't even need a sellout of the event in order for Rousey to break the record. Although Etihad Stadium's capacity is listed at just over 56,000, the stadium has hosted events where capacity surpassed 70,000. The harder attendance record to break would be Pride Shockwave's 71,000 attendance record from 2002, the most attended MMA event in history.

With Rousey fighting for a third time in 2015, she now has the chance of breaking two records that are currently held by former UFC Champions B.J. Penn and Georges St-Pierre. These records are not ones that gets talked about a lot, but show that GSP and Penn are both the most active fighters in UFC history, as well as the biggest draws.

In 2009, B.J. Penn broke the record for most PPV's sold by a headlining fighter in a year. In that year, Penn headlined three events that sold a total of 2.39 million PPV buys: UFC 94 (920,000 buys), UFC 101 (850,000 buys) and UFC 107 (620,000 buys).

In the same year, GSP broke the record for most PPV's sold by a UFC champion in a year, selling a combined 2.52 million PPV buys by headlining UFC 94 (920,000 buys) and co-main eventing UFC 100 (1.6 million buys).

As the chart above shows, Ronda Rousey is 890,000 PPV buys away from breaking the record for most PPVs sold in a single year by a headlining fighter. In order to beat GSP's record of most PPV's sold in a year by a UFC champion, she will need UFC 193 to sell 1.05 million PPVs.

Both of those numbers seem very high for a PPV with only one title fight and a less than stellar main card. Rousey's last PPV sold 900,000 buys and featured a less challenging opponent and an arguably worse main card.There is no doubt Rousey's star power allows her to draw a high PPV number without any help, so selling 900,000 PPVs for UFC 193 is an attainable goal.

UFC 193 could also help make 2015 the most successful year in UFC history. After UFC 190, I wrote an article on how Rousey and Conor McGregor have boosted PPV numbers to heights that haven't been seen since 2010.

In order to beat the total record from 2010, the UFC will need to average 900,000 PPV buys for their last four events. To beat the average record from 2009, the UFC will need to average 850,000 PPV buys for their last four events.

In an extreme, but possible case considering her star power, if Rousey is able to sell a whopping 1.2 million PPV's for UFC 193, then the UFC would need to average 760,000 buys for the other three events. Throw in the fact that at its best, UFC 194: Aldo vs. McGregor could sell 1.4 million PPV's, and it would leave the last two events needing to average 510,000 buys to break both records.

Repeating myself again though, these would be extreme cases where mainstream media picks up on Ronda Rousey fighting again causing another huge surge in PPV buys. Also consider the fact that UFC 191 and 192 will likely sell well under 500,000 PPV buys, and the record becomes that much more out of reach.

The UFC will see its best PPV numbers since 2011, likely selling over 7 million PPVs in the 2015 calendar year now that Rousey is headlining UFC 193 and with UFC 194 as the final event.

One record that Ronda Rousey won't be able to break will be the quickest time to between the first and seventh title defense. Only four fighters in UFC history have defended their title seven or more consecutive times, with Jon Jones holding the record for seven defenses in 945 days. Both Demetrious Johnson and Rousey have a chance to make their seventh defense in the coming months and move into the 2nd and 3rd spots respectively.

*If both fighters fight and win their scheduled fights at UFC 191 and UFC 193

(All PPV numbers were reported by Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter)