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    I'll believe it when the UFC releases the information themselves. It's all estimated buys, not information released by the promotion. The UFC said they were going to make $2 Million from tickets alone at that event, but admitted to only selling $1.5 Million. That's $100,000 less than what they made in tickets for 169. But it did more PPV buys than 169? Just because Dave Meltzer claims so?

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    12/10/2011 UFC 140 Jones vs. Machida 480,000
    12/31/2011 UFC 141 Lesnar vs. Overeem 535,000
    01/14/2012 UFC 142 Aldo vs Mendes 215,000
    02/04/2012 UFC 143 Condit vs. Diaz 400,000
    02/26/2012 UFC 144 Edgar vs. Henderson 325,000
    04/21/2012 UFC 145 Jones vs. Evans 700,000
    05/26/2012 UFC 146 Dos Santos vs. Mir 560,000
    06/23/2012 UFC 147 W. Silva vs. Franklin II 140,000
    07/07/2012 UFC 148 Silva vs. Sonnen II 925,000
    07/21/2012 UFC 149 Faber vs. Barao 230,000
    08/11/2012 UFC 150 Henderson v. Edgar II 190,000
    09/01/2012 UFC 151 Jones vs. Henderson Canceled
    09/22/2012 UFC 152 Jones vs. Belfort 450,000
    10/13/2012 UFC 153 Silva vs. Bonnar 410,000
    11/17/2012 UFC 154 GSP vs. Condit 700,000
    12/29/2012 UFC 155 JDS vs. Velasquez II 590,000
    02/02/2013 UFC 156 Aldo vs Edgar 330,000
    02/23/2013 UFC 157 Rousey vs Carmouche 450,000
    03/16/2013 UFC 158 GSP vs Diaz 950,000
    04/27/2013 UFC 159 Jones vs Sonnen 530,000
    05/25/2013 UFC 160 Velasquez vs Bigfoot II 380,000
    06/15/2013 UFC 161 Henderson vs Evans 140,000
    07/06/2013 UFC 162 Silva vs Weidman 550,000
    08/03/2013 UFC 163 Aldo vs Jung 180,000
    08/31/2013 UFC 164 Henderson vs Pettis 270,000
    09/21/2013 UFC 165 Jones vs Gustafsson 310,000
    10/19/2013 UFC 166 Velasquez vs JDS III 330,000
    11/16/2013 UFC 167 GSP vs Hendricks 630,000
    12/28/2013 UFC 168 Weidman vs Silva II 1,025,000
    02/01/2014 UFC 169 Barao vs Faber II 230,000
    02/22/2014 UFC 170 Rousey vs McMann 340,000
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    I'd really like to see the PPV numbers be around 400-500K regularly. But the cards are so expensive nowadays that it's increasingly difficult for some people to justify putting down money for a card on a consistent basis. That's been talked about to death of course, so I'll just say that reading up on the results at Sherdog or wherever else and waiting for the DVD to come out is a far cheaper alternative. I would hope that DVD sales would give fighters another source of income on top of what they make, but I don't know for sure.

    Edit: Not to mention the fact that cards are increasingly watered down due to so many events being set up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CA_Gas Bag View Post
    I would hope that DVD sales would give fighters another source of income on top of what they make, but I don't know for sure.
    That is a great question. They have to, right?
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    I don't know that I'd be rejoicing too much if I was a Rousey supporter. 340K is far from great, certainly not for the biggest star in the history of the UFC. It's certainly not as bad as it could have been considering how weak the rest of the card was but it's far from what I would expect from a top draw.

    http://mmapayout.com/blue-book/pay-per-view/

    Based on these numbers from MMA Payout the average PPV buy rate since 02/2013 was 443K, granted that's a little skewed because Silva/Weidman 2 pulled such huge numbers but even taking that card out of the equation you end up with an average of around 401K.

    What these numbers tells me is Rousey is an average to below average draw and the lighter weight classes are a far below average draw.

    *edit* A better way to look at it might be to look at the median rather than the average. In that case this card is the median which would also tend to suggest Rousey is an average draw.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CA_Gas Bag
    I would hope that DVD sales would give fighters another source of income on top of what they make, but I don't know for sure.
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    That is a great question. They have to, right?
    I would think the UFC retains the rights to the video stuff. I know that was also an issue with Fedor coming the the UFC and who would retain control of his video archives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RearNakedStroke View Post
    Really? I bought every card from 2006 up to the whole UFC 151 fiasco and I can't really think of one worse than 170 off the top of my head. Maybe I'm forgetting something.

    I thought that was bad by Fight Night standards.
    I thought UFC 147, 78, 72 were worse cards
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    Quote Originally Posted by RearNakedStroke View Post
    That would be me. Maybe the general public is dumber than I thought. And that's saying a lot. I would be pissed off if I payed $20 for that piece of crap.
    I agree. I am utterly shocked. I do not know anyone who bought it. All MMA pages I follow on facebook had pretty much everyone in the comments section saying they wouldn't buy and many people on internet forums. Guess Ronda really is a huge draw with the casuals...

    Quote Originally Posted by kalebarker View Post
    I thought UFC 147, 78, 72 were worse cards
    149 was much worse than 147 in my opinion.

    Quote Originally Posted by SwordofAres View Post
    I don't know that I'd be rejoicing too much if I was a Rousey supporter. 340K is far from great, certainly not for the biggest star in the history of the UFC. It's certainly not as bad as it could have been considering how weak the rest of the card was but it's far from what I would expect from a top draw.

    http://mmapayout.com/blue-book/pay-per-view/

    Based on these numbers from MMA Payout the average PPV buy rate since 02/2013 was 443K, granted that's a little skewed because Silva/Weidman 2 pulled such huge numbers but even taking that card out of the equation you end up with an average of around 401K.

    What these numbers tells me is Rousey is an average to below average draw and the lighter weight classes are a far below average draw.

    *edit* A better way to look at it might be to look at the median rather than the average. In that case this card is the median which would also tend to suggest Rousey is an average draw.
    Buys in general are down. The fact that it beat Jones vs Gustaffson is pretty damn impressive.
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    Sad that cards headlined by guys like Barao, Aldo, Faber do such poor buy rates when they are such great fighters

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    Quote Originally Posted by IceCold48 View Post
    149 was much worse than 147 in my opinion.
    Really? I thought 149 had a better main event, co-main event and undercard. They were both terrible though.
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