Thursday, April 26, 2012

Over 700,000 buys for UFC 145 : Jones Vs. Evans.

Dave Meltzer's got the estimates :
 "the story was strong enough that early estimates of PPV numbers have topped 700,000 buys, by far the largest of Jones' career. The number was big for UFC, because they had not established a new young star who was a major consistent draw since the rise of Brock Lesnar, now retired, and Georges St. Pierre, out for most of the year. While the draw was in good part due to the storyline, the number was big enough to where it, combined with WrestleMania a few weeks ago, seems to contradict a lot of people's views of PPV as a dying industry. The big events, like this and WrestleMania, have done better than most expectations going in."
Which begs the question, is Jon Jones star power starting to catch up to his incredible talent? With PPV numbers like UFC 145's, it's hard to argue. But considering his recent run through the division, a run that has seen him defeat Shogun Rua, Rampage Jackson, Lyoto Machida, and Rashad Evans in Succession. You'd like to think Jones would be pulling PPV numbers close to this, regularly from now on. I guess we'll find out when he faces Dan Henderson at UFC 149 in Calgary.

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