The initial buy rate estimate is now in for UFC 132: Cruz Vs Faber via The Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer and according to his data the event pulled in around 350-375,000 pay-per-view sales.
As always it should be stressed that this is based on early trending figures so it’s not an exact number and could still fluctuate, but if accurate it’s lower than the average that we’ve come to expect from the UFC in recent years, with closer to the 450-500,000 range being considered a solid average.
Still, it did still outperform May’s UFC 130: Rampage Vs Hamill show which did around 300,000 buys, plus both UFC 125 and UFC 127 from earlier in the year.
I actually think that UFC 132 has performed relatively well under the circumstances however, particularly given that this was the first time in UFC history that the 135lb bantamweight division, which was only brought into the fold in January, had headlined a pay-per-view event.
While Urijah Faber was a major star in the WEC, he doesn’t hold quite the same cache in the UFC yet, while Saturday night’s event was actually Dominick Cruz’s UFC debut despite the fact that he held the title due to having previously having been the WEC champion.
Of course the fact that this event had been billed as the ‘last chance saloon’ for former champion Tito Ortiz, plus the promise of an explosive encounter between Wanderlei Silva and Chris Leben may also have encouraged people to part with their cash.
The best thing from the UFC’s perspective will be that those who did purchase the card undoubtedly got their money’s worth, with this proving to be one of the most compelling night of fights we’ve seen from top to bottom in recent memory.