Before the UFC’s huge success with UFC 189, the UFC held another big pay-per-view event in May, which was UFC 187. Finally, after a few months going by, we have an actual pay-per-view buy rate for the event.
Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter and MMA Fighting.com is reporting in this week’s newsletter that UFC 187 did 375,000 pay-per-view buys.
It should be noted that due to the UFC being a private company, they will not be releasing the PPV buy rate to the public.
UFC 187 took place on Saturday (May 23) from Las Vegas a the MGM Grand Garden Arena. The event aired live on pay-per-view, Fox Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.
UFC 187 was headlined by two title fights. Daniel Cormier vs. Anthony Johnson for Light Heavyweight Title and the co-main event was Chris Weidman (c) vs. Vitor Belfort for the Middleweight Title.
The event drew an announced attendance of 12,615 for a live gate of $5,189,167.
For a UFC pay-per-view that’s a pretty good number and about the norm for the UFC these days. However, one would think what it could’ve been if Jon Jones fought on the card. For sure that event would have done over 400,00 buys.