The early estimates for last weekend’s UFC 149 event suggests that around 235,000 purchased the pay-per-view according to The Wrestling Observer site.
Given the fact that the lead-up to this event proved to be disastrous with practically the entire main card having to be reshaped due to injuries, leaving only Urijah Faber as a genuine ‘big name’ fighter, that’s not actually too bad a number.
It’s certainly at the bottom end of the scale as far UFC PPV’s go though, and a far-cry from the estimated 1 million buys that UFC 148: Silva Vs Sonnen II garnered just a few weeks ago.
On this occasion the buy-rate may have been helped by a particularly strong selection of UFC 149 prelims on FX which included one of the fastest knockouts in UFC history after Ryan Jimmo finished Anthony Perosh in just 7 seconds.
Unfortunately those who did go on to purchase the PPV would likely have been left disappointed after the main card failed to live up to expectations and produced some of the worst fights of the year.