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UFC 92 "Crushes" UFC 91 in PPV Buys

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It may be the new record holder...

In a recent interview with ESPN, Dana White was asked what happens in the aftermath of St. Pierre vs. Penn, he responded "I'm not worried about that; I'm worried about the fight itself. I think it's going to be the biggest fight we've ever done. The last Lesnar pay-per-view did really well, and then our Dec. 27 show crushed it." But the boss didn't stop there. He went on to say "I don't want to get into numbers too much—that's our policy. But it crushed it. I'll say this: The Christmas show crushed the Lesnar fight by 150,000-175,000 buys."

If true, that is an incredible feat. UFC 91 is estimated to have accumulated about 1,010,000 PPV buys, which would have put it as the second biggest PPV buy the UFC has ever done. Then UFC 92 comes along out of nowhere and does 150,000-175,000 more than UFC 91. That would put the number at just under 1.2 million, which would put it over UFC 66 as the most bought UFC PPV. Also with this is the revelation that the UFC is the new record holder for PPV revenue in a single year by a company, beating out WWE (then WWF) in 2001. On top of that, Dana thinks that UFC 94 will be the biggest show they've ever done.

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Post #1   1/8/09 9:55:55PM   

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I can actually see how 92 did better. First off it had the first 2 TUF winners fight for the LHW title. Then it had the rubber match to end all, Wandy vs Page 3. Then Nog vs Mir. Which appeals to both Hardcore and mainstream fans alike. It's a super fight with two champs(one former/current) and they were the reigning coach at the helm of the TUF era. 91 had Lesnar/Randy and not much else but Florian and Maia with first rnd subs. Lacking for the casual fan.....not for me, i loved seeing Florian dismantle "daddy"...i digress.

Post #2   1/8/09 10:09:00PM   

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Im not suprised, I mean you had like 3 main event fights on one card.

Post #3   1/8/09 10:36:29PM   

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I definitely saw firsthand that there was more interest for this one than any other event I've seen. It was warranted too, I mean 91 was good, but 92 was like one of the old Pride cards with everyone on it.

Post #4   1/9/09 5:24:57AM   

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91 sucked I didn't even watch it, 92, I was watching! and bomed

Post #5   1/9/09 5:47:47AM   

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lol 91 definately didnt suck... but as soon as it was being promoted as being the biggest ufc card in history, i was pointing out how stacked the 92 card was.

91 didnt have the star power to get the buys they wanted, it was all resting on the shoulders of the couture/lesnar main event... but regardless, it turned out to be a great card for two reasons:

1. we got to see every card on the fight
2. we got to see a 3 round war, some insane knockouts, and some seriously slick jits

With that said, you dont buy a ppv because of whats going to happen, you buy it because of how interested you are in seeing it unfold... and with lesnar being green and couture being grey... i understand why there are a lot of fans out there who wanted to see people like rampage, silva, griffin, evans, nog and mir

In my opinion... theres going to be more of a main event draw for penn vs gsp than for any main event ever. Especially now that they're doing some real prefight promotion. With other fights on the card like guida/diaz and machida/silva... should be an amazing card... i'll put money on beating the lesnar couture card, not sure about 92.. but we'll see

Post #6   1/9/09 9:02:43AM   

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Although it was the third headlining fight, Wandy/Rampage was the big seller for 92. And it payed off for the ppv buyer too. It was an awesome event and will only lead to more ppv buys in the future.

Post #7   1/9/09 10:06:05AM   

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I think that the success of UFC 92 had a lot to do with 91. They were talking about how many new fans were going to watch 91, it was a great card so maybe a lot of these fans decided to tune into 92. Add that onto the stellar card for 92 and it makes sense.

Post #8   1/9/09 11:25:08AM