With UFC 241 on the horizon, fight fans are massively
looking forward to seeing Daniel Cormier defend the UFC Heavyweight
Championship against the man he beat for the belt a year ago, Stipe Miocic.
Now, while it’s always all eyes forward for the world of MMA
and the UFC, of course there’s always that hope that the company can mirror the
huge successes and financial rewards that the organisation has seen over previous years.
In recent times, the UFC has often struggled to bring in big
PPV buyrates for shows that don’t feature Conor McGregor or Ronda Rousey. With
Conor’s future currently up in the air and Ronda contracted to WWE, the UFC is
desperate to create a star who could match the level of mainstream popularity –
and PPV buys! – of those two.
The subject of PPV buys is what we’re going to look at here,
as we highlight just how huge some of them were over the years. Some of the 250,000, 400,000 or even 700,000
pay-per-view orders seen recently are utterly dwarfed by the mega-money
paydays that the company has seen in the past.