Ronda Rousey continues to prove herself one of the two most marketable fighters competing inside the Octagon, as latest box office estimations point toward another successful night for the former UFC women’s bantamweight champion.
UFC 193, headlined by Rousey and newly crowned women’s 135-pound titleholder Holly Holm, reportedly sold between 1 milllion and 1.1 million pay-per-view buys, according to Dave Meltzer of MMA Fighting. According to Meltzer, most estimates indicate it’ll be closer to the higher number. The numbers fall in line with UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta’s comment last month, when Fertitta told Yahoo Sports UFC 193 was trending to be the second-biggest UFC PPV of all time.
Per UFC protocol, exact PPV numbers are never released to the public.
||Estimated PPV Buys|
|1.||UFC 100||Lesnar vs. Mir||1.6 million|
|2.||UFC 116||Lesnar vs. Carwin||1.06 million|
|3.||UFC 66||Liddell vs. Ortiz II||1.05 million|
|4.||UFC 168||Weidman vs. Silva II||1.02 million|
|5.||UFC 91||Lesnar vs. Couture||1.01 million|
(Estimations per Dave Meltzer/MMAFighting)
Based on more of Meltzer’s estimates, Rousey now owns the biggest and second-biggest UFC PPVs of 2015 for her performances at UFC 193 and UFC 190, respectively. Her 34-second KO of Bethe Correia inside the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro sold about 900,000 PPVs.
It’ll be interesting to see how the UFC 193 numbers stack up with its proceeding event. Billed as the biggest card of 2015 and headlined by a highly anticipated, long-awaited featherweight title fight between Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor, UFC 194 may have relatively successful numbers as well.
The Rousey-led event also broke the UFC’s live attendance record, bringing in 56,214 people into Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia. The record previously belonged to the 55,724 people Georges St-Pierre and Jake Shields brought into the Rogers Centre at UFC 129.