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Report: 'Aldo vs. Faber' Draws 150k-200k PPV Buys According to Early Estimates

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According to new reports on Heavy and f4wonline, early estimates indicate that Saturday's "Aldo vs. Faber" event generated between 150,000 and 200,000 buys. In other words (assuming the estimates are accurate), the WEC's first attempt at pay-per-view was a smashing success. A couple points to put those numbers in perspective:

— 150k-200k is not too far off from the 240,000 buys that UFC 110 pulled in, with its roster full of MMA stars.
— Affliction did no more than 100,000 buys with its first event.

As a starting point for WEC-product on pay-per-view, it's very encouraging, and proves that Zuffa knows how to promote and package their fights. Now that fans know the WEC is worth their money, Zuffa is in an even better position for the next time they want to charge us...

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Post #1   4/28/10 1:28:40AM   

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I was really pulling for a 50K card to make them back off PPV

Post #2   4/28/10 1:35:42AM   

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DAMNIT! I was really hoping it would fail.... only because I want them to stay on VS. Oh well, I guess thats selfish of me. I'm glad it was successful for the sake of MMA as a whole

Post #3   4/28/10 1:49:38AM   

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Wow, people wanted this to fail? Okay I guess that's understandable, but how could you think this would fail? If people were teetering on the edge, that preliminary fight between Garcia and Jung sold a lot of them I'm sure.

Faber vs. Aldo, Cerrone vs. Henderson, and Gamburyan vs. Brown were definitely enough to sell that card.

Post #4   4/28/10 2:05:32AM   

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if it failed it would be more likely that WEC would just fade away and be absorbed into the ufc.

im glad it did well and im sure zuffa is well aware that they really need a stacked card like that one to sell a non-ufc event. anyone that didnt buy that on ppv or catch a replay missed out. i really havent enjoyed a show this year as much as i did this one.

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Post #5   4/28/10 2:32:53AM   

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Randomly, Affliction was poorly promoted compared to Zuffa's UFC: Aldo vs. Faber card. Those fighters were being inserted into UFC broadcasts and had been on Versus for years before they were put on pay-per-view.

The reason Zuffa is on top of the MMA world is not because they have money to spend and because they have the best fighters but because they have an unparalleled promotional machine. They know how to create buzz.

The $45 price tag will probably stick. Considering the amount of quality fights last Saturday, I think people will be willing to put up the money next time. (Damn it, Dana, it was worth it.)

Post #6   4/28/10 2:38:32AM   

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I felt like I shouldn't buy so I can get my fights for free. But then decided that we always complain that the UFC needs to put on better cards and I'm about to pass on the most stacked WEC card ever. You get more fights on PPV then you do on VS it was worth the money. Also do they really have another card like that one they can put on PPV and it do well? I doubt it, at least not for a while. I wouldn't be suprised to see WEC title fights to pop up on UFC cards and Super fights like Faber vs Torres as well.

Post #7   4/28/10 7:23:55AM