Midnight Mania! UFC 225 Didn’t Totally Bomb After All?

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UFC 225 didn’t do quite as dismal box office numbers as originally thought; instead of less than 150,000 pay-per-view (PPV) buys, MMAFighting.com reports that the event did 250,000 buys, including both digital and cable purchases.

The main event was a scintillating “Fight of the Year“ candidate between Robert Whittaker and Yoel Romero. Last minute hijinks, with Romero missing weight by four ounces or so, may have affected how viewers perceived the stakes of the event. The card also featured former bantamweight champion Holly Holm, former heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski, and former lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos in an interim welterweight title bout. Notably, this was former professional wrestler CM Punk’s second attempt at MMA; he suffered his second loss in as many fights. His first attempt, at UFC 203, did significantly better at 450,000 buys, with Punk contributing probably 150,000 of those buys. It seems the aura of mystery around Punk has dissipated, and with it any crossover appeal he possessed.

Compared to original reports, this is good news, if not great news; it puts this event roughly in the same realm as UFC 222 with Cris Cyborg vs. Yana Kunitskaya, ahead of events like UFC 221 with Romero knocking out Luke Rockhold, or UFC 224 with Nunes defendering her title against Raquel Pennington, and behind UFC 220, which featured both Daniel Cormier and Stipe Miocic, and the cursed UFC 223, with Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Al Iaquinta. This summer’s crossover blockbuster, the extremely stacked UFC 226, will likely smash these numbers as well.

It seems the adamant UFC lawyer insisting early reports were ‘fake news’ was right this time.


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