The early estimates for the end-of-year UFC 232 event are now emerging and it appears to have been a big success with The Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer suggesting that it has done in the region of 700,000 pay-per-view buys.
That easily makes it the second biggest UFC PPV of the year, though of course it still falls a long way short of the astronomical 2.4million buys that UFC 229: Khabib Vs McGregor did – although that’s to be expected given that that was by far and away the biggest event in the promotion’s history.
According to Meltzer, UFC 232’s haul was “well above expectations,” especially considering that no other pay-per-view in 2018 managed to get over the 500,000 buy mark.
On paper this was the second-best line-up of the year though, with Jon Jones returning after a lengthy absence to rematch Gustafsson, with their original meeting being an all-time classic.
A genuine superfight between Cris Cyborg and Amanda Nunes was also a strong choice as co-main event, and throwing in the late controversy regarding Jones abnormal drug test there was a lot of pre-fight publicity for the show, while the fact that it was set to take place in the middle of the holiday season didn’t hurt either.