How many buys did the first Silva/Sonnen fight get?
I think this could do over a milli, but I'm not so sure that too many casual fans actually saw the first fight.....and the history is what makes this rematch so epic.
They have done a good job at throwing in the history of this fight here and there, which should definitely help gain interest from the casual viewers and I'd say this is almost a cant-miss fight/card for the majority of the hardcore fans. Add in Sonnen's campaign and overall growth in terms of popularity, this card does have potential to pull in big numbers, but I still think a lack of buys for their first fight(I'm assuming here) will hinder the buys a bit for this one.
Sonnen vs Silva II is a HUUUUGE fight, but it still doesn't compare to the what a name like Lesnar thrown into the equation would do regarding casual fans/buyers.
But then again, UFC 117 had such names as JDS, Nelson, Silva, Sonnen, Hughes, Guida, Fitch and Alves, so maybe it did better than what I'm thinking it did.
I don't know, I've heard people who are pretty casual talking huge around here about this fight. It's definitely got that huge fight vibe. **** buys, I just hope it lives up.
I couldn't see this not selling either way. Even people who didn't see the first fight have been educated in that 30 second commercial and understand the build up.
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How about this, you prove to me that the UFC 100 did over 1 million buys. Find me a definitive source besides the reblogged bull**** leak that was 'reported' by Dave Meltzer.
The fact is it is not true, no matter how much you wish it were true. No UFC event has ever broken 1 million buys.
I'm going with 1,200,000
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I only have a couple friends who are actually interested in MMA, so I dont get to hear alot of buzz when it comes to casual fans around here. I do think they did do a good job cramming the "history" into their little 30-second promos though. I think I saw a couple of different versions and I thought they nailed it.
I'll be super bummed with a first round finish though..I'd like to see at least 3 rounds no matter who wins.
I'll go 800-850k
I dont think we'll see another million buy PPV for awhile, unless Lesnar comes back.