UFC 215 and UFC 216 Pay-Per-View Numbers Reportedly Bottomed Out

While 2016 was a banner year for UFC Pay-Per-View events, 2017 has seen a tremendous reverse in fortunes.

The UFC doesn’t release its PPV numbers, but industry insider Dave Meltzer is largely credited with acquiring the most accurate estimates for how the fight promotion’s PPV buys perform. His insight doesn’t paint 2017 in a good light.

Meltzer’s early estimates for the promotion’s two most recent efforts put them among the lowest draws in modern UFC history.

According to MMA insider Jed I. Goodman, Meltzer’s reports in WrestlingObserver‘s newsletter put UFC 215 at an estimated 100,000 PPV buys, while UFC 216 is only expected to do about 20-percent better with roughly 120,000 PPV buys.

Those numbers, when combined with the rest of the 2017 UFC events represent a staggering downturn for the UFC year over year. 

The UFC reportedly drew more than 1 million buys for five events in 2016. Thus far in 2017, there have been zero events estimated to have draw 1 million or more buys. 2016 was also better on the low end, never recording less than 200,000 buys. With UFC 215 and UFC 216 expected to be so low, the total number of events under 200,000 buys in 2017 is currently at three.

UFC 215 Amanda Nunes vs Valentina Shevchenko fight motionThe obvious missing elements leading to the 2017 slide? The absence of Conor McGregor and Ronda Rousey.

While Rousey is coming off of back-to-back losses and is widely expected to retire, her lone fight in 2016 drew over 1 million buys. Each of McGregor’s three bouts last year also drew more than 1 million buys. The only non-Rousey or McGregor event to amass such numbers was UFC 200, which featured Miesha Tate vs. Amanda Nunes, as well as Brock Lesnar’s return to the cage.

Neither Rousey nor McGregor has fought for the UFC in 2017. 

McGregor has had one bout in the last year, that being his money grab with Floyd Mayweather in a boxing match. The UFC was a partner in that event and benefited from it financially, but it wasn’t a UFC promotion. That could take some of the sting out of the bottom line, but the fact of the matter is, there is a ship that needs righted.

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There is hope that McGregor still might fight at UFC 219 on Dec. 30. That coupled with the likelihood that Georges St-Pierre‘s return at UFC 217 in November could give the UFC a much needed boost as the year comes to a close, but even then, it’s not going to hold up well against the banner year that was 2016.

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Dana White Claims He’s Only Saving Mark Hunt from Himself

When the UFC removed Mark Hunt from the UFC 121 main event bout in Sydney, Australia, earlier this week, the transplanted New Zealander was livid. 

UFC officials stated that Hunt was removed from his fight with Marcin Tybura and replaced by Fabricio Werdum due to concerns about his health following comments he made in an interview with the Player’s Voice.

“Sometimes I don’t sleep well. You can hear me starting to stutter and slur my words,” he was quoted as saying. “My memory is not that good anymore. I’ll forget something I did yesterday, but I can remember the (expletive) I did years and years ago. That’s just the price I’ve paid – the price of being a fighter. But I’ve fought a lot of drug cheats and copped a lot of punishment from guys who were cheating and that’s not right.”

Dana White over bloody Mark HuntAfter being removed from the fight, Hunt took to his Instagram account, where he stated that he was misquoted in the interview and claimed that the UFC was punishing him for a lawsuit that he is currently pursuing in relation to his contract and having to compete against fighters that had been caught using performance-enhancing drugs. 

“I’m disappointed that I have been withdrawn from the fight, I have passed all medicals two days ago. And spent $100,000 on camp,” Hunt said. “The truth is the legal case I have filed has caused me to be withdrawn. The interview has been taken out of context and want to reassure all my fans, I slur my words only when I have a drink. I’m fit and healthy, and would have understood if the UFC requested a medical to ensure my safety, however, this is total (expletive). (Expletive) you Dana, you’ve always hated me you dog.”

White, in a Thursday comment to TMZ Sports, denied Hunt’s accusations, claiming that he and the UFC were only acting in Hunt’s best interests.

“I never hated Mark Hunt,” said White. “Sometimes, you gotta protect these guys from themselves and that’s what we’re looking into right now.”

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Curtis Millender Looking to Make Up for Lost Time in LFA 24 Headliner

While he’s picked up two wins in two bouts so far in 2017, welterweight Curtis Millender believes his year could have been even more successful up to this point.

Millender was forced to miss time due to injury, possibly delaying a move he had hoped to make this year that believes ultimately will come in 2018.

“This year I feel like it could be better,” Millender told MMAWeekly.com. “I was out for a few months with a broken hand. I think without that I would have been on my fourth fight of the year instead of only being on my third.

LFA 24 Frincu vs Millender Fight Poster“Fight-wise things have gone according to plan. I want to finish off staying off undefeated in 2017, so I make sure in 2018 I’ll be in the UFC.”

While his hand injury cost him some time, he was able to recover quickly and without issue.

“I recovered pretty fast,” said Millender. “I probably started sparring maybe two months after I had surgery and had it repaired. It healed pretty fast. It wasn’t a bad break. I got back to business pretty fast.”

Millender (23-3) will be seeking his fifth win in a row overall when he takes on Matthew Frincu (11-2) in the LFA 24 main event on Friday in Phoenix.

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“I’ve just got to be consistent,” Millender said. “Not let (Frincu) get comfortable, and shut down everything he does. At striking, I feel I’m way better, and I will be able to shut him out and put him down.”

Headlining his second straight LFA fight, Millender believes he’s in a position to make a move to the next level without having to claim a title beforehand.

“I’m sure I can do it without the title,” said Millender. “I believe me and Frincu are the two best welterweights in the LFA, and I just happen to be way better than he is.”

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Check Out the Choke That Earned Alex Perez a UFC Contract

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Alex Perez was a man on a mission when he met Kevin Gray on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series. Perez earned himself a UFC contract when locked in a D’Arce choke in the first round.

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According to UFC president Dana White, the Contender Series will return sometime after the start of 2018.

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So, About That Time Fabricio Werdum Crashed Demetrious Johnson’s Press Conference

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In a funny exchange, Fabricio Werdum got injected into the UFC 216 post-fight press conference during Demetrious Johnson’s QA with the media and gives his critique on Johnson’s submission, which garnered him the UFC all-time record for title defenses.

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Just a few days removed from UFC 216, Werdum has agreed to step in for Mark Hunt at UFC Fight Night 121 in Sydney, Australia. Hunt was removed due to the UFC’s “medical concerns,” and he is not happy.

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