It turns out that UFC 216’s pay-per-view numbers aren’t quite as bad as was first thought, although they are still on the low-end of what the promotion would have been hoping to achieve for the event in Las Vegas on October 7th.
Initially The Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer had reported that the show had only produced around 120,000 PPV buys, which would have been just 20,000 PPV’s above the previous month’s UFC 215 event.
However, Meltzer has just updated his estimate based on the latest data that’s come through and now claims that UFC 216 “easily topped 200,000 buys.”
It’s worth noting that UFC 216 could well have drawn significantly better than that if the UFC’s original plan to have heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic and Cain Velasquez in the main event hadn’t fallen through, but even then they still managed to deliver two title fights on the night in Tony Ferguson Vs Kevin Lee and Demetrious Johnson Vs Ray Borg, compared to only one for UFC 215 which saw Amanda Nunes go up against Valentina Shevchenko.
Still, it’s clear to see it’s not been a good year for the UFC on the pay-per-view front, although they will be hoping for a major uptick in interest for UFC 217 next week, which is one of the most stacked cards of 2017, including the return of Georges St-Pierre against middleweight champion Michael Bisping, not to mention two other title fights.