By the Numbers: UFC 1993 - 2020

I sat down and counted numerous variables in a wide range of categories related to UFC events, fights and fighters. These numbers will be covering the UFC from its first event, UFC 1 in 1993 to UFC Fight Night 183, their last event in 2020. I will be breaking down specific sectors in future posts but will be starting with a broad overview of UFC events, fights, and fighters.


546 Events held by the UFC in its 27 plus years history. 258 were Pay Per View events and 288 were Fight Nights (Non-Pay Per View) events.

50% Of UFC Pay Per Views were held in the last 10 years. Between 1993 to 2010 the UFC held 129 Pay Per View events, the UFC held the same amount from 2011 to 2020.

2:1, Ratio of Fight Night events to Pay Per View events over the last decade (2011 to 2020). Of the 380 events, 251 were Fight Nights.

40 Events per year on average over the last 5 years. The UFC is averaging 12 Pay Per Views and 28 Fight Nights a year over the last 5 years.

46 UFC events held in 2014, the most in a single calendar year. Of those 34 were Fight Night events, also the most in a calendar year. The most Pay Per View events held in a calendar year was 17 which occurred twice, 2010 and 2011.

Yearly UFC Events


5925 Fights were completed over the UFC's 546 events. 2662 were on Pay Per View events with the other 3263 taking place on Fight Nights.

516 Fights in 2019 currently holds the top spot for fights completed in a calendar year. The UFC held 145 fights on their 12 Pay Per View events and 371 on their 30 Fight Night events in 2019. 2011 holds the record for fights on Pay Per View events with 190 (over 17 Pay Per Views) and 2014 saw the most Fight Night fights with 372 (over 34 Fight Nights).

12 Fights per UFC event on average over the last 5 years, regardless if it is a Pay Per View or Fight Night event. The 5 year running average for fights is 479 a year with the UFC holding 143 Pay Per View event and 336 Fight Night event fights a year on average.

2/3 Of UFC fights over the past decade (2011 to 2020) have occurred on Fight Night events. Fight Night fights also account for 55% (3263 out of 5925) of all UFC held as of the end of 2020.

Yearly UFC Fights


2134 Fighters have fought in the UFC octagon - 1956 men, 178 Women.

565 Average fighters a year over the last 5 years - 474 men, 91 Women.

2019 Had the most fighters enter the octagon in a year with 589. This year also had the most women in a year with 109. The year with the most men was 2015 with 520.

UFC Yearly Fighters

Dates of Note

November 12 1993 The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC 1: The Beginning) took place at McNichols Sports Arena in Denver, Colorado.

April 9 2005 The Ultimate Fighter first season finale, first non-Pay Per View UFC event.

November 12 2011 UFC on Fox: Velasquez vs. dos Santos, first network TV UFC event.

February 23 2013 UFC 157: Rousey vs. Carmouche, first women's fight in the UFC.

January 19 2019 UFC Fight Night: Cejudo vs. Dillashaw (UFC on ESPN+ 1), the start of the current TV deal with ESPN.

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