2011 Year in Review: UFC PPV Buyrates


Another memorable year in mixed martial arts is in the books, so it’s time for The MMA Manifesto to look back and reflect.  Next up: a ranking of the buyrate totals of all 16 of the UFC’s 2011 pay-per-views.  Which event made the UFC the richest this year?

It was not a good year for the UFC at the pay-per-view box office.  Blame what you will – too many events, injuries to key fighters, bad economy – but the company only sold 6.79 million PPVs this year, as opposed to 9.215 million last year.  It is the UFC’s lowest sales mark since 2008, and its average of 424,375 sales per PPV is
its lowest since 2007.  Will things turn around in 2012?  From the looks of the card for this Saturday’s UFC 142, probably not anytime soon.

Here are the sales rates for all of 2011’s PPVs, ranked in order:

16) UFC 136 – 225,000 buys
Headliners: Frankie Edgar vs Gray Maynard (Lightweight Title fight), Jose Aldo vs Kenny Florian (Featherweight Title fight)

15) UFC 127 – 260,000 buys
Headliners: B.J. Penn vs Jon Fitch, Michael Bisping vs Jorge Rivera, George Sotiropolous vs Dennis Siver

14) UFC 125 – 270,000 buys
Headliners: Frankie Edgar vs Gray Maynard (Lightweight Title fight), Chris Leben vs Brian Stann

13) UFC 137 – 280,000 buys
Headliners: B.J. Penn vs Nick Diaz

12) UFC 139 – 290,000 buys
Headliners: Mauricio Rua vs Dan Henderson, Wanderlei Silva vs Cung Le, Urijah Faber vs Brian Bowles

11) UFC 133 – 310,000 buys
Headliners: Rashad Evans vs Tito Ortiz, Vitor Belfort vs Yoshihiro Akiyama

9-tied) UFC 130 – 325,000 buys
Headliners: Quinton Jackson vs Matt Hamill, Frank Mir vs Roy Nelson

9-tied) UFC 131 – 325,000 buys
Headliners: Junior dos Santos vs Shane Carwin

8) UFC 134 – 335,000 buys
Headliners: Anderson Silva vs Yushin Okami (Middleweight Title fight), Mauricio Rua vs Forrest Griffin, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs Brendan Schaub

7) UFC 132 – 350,000 buys
Headliners: Dominick Cruz vs Urijah Faber (Bantamweight Title fight), Wanderlei Silva vs Chris Leben, Tito Ortiz vs Ryan Bader

6) UFC 140 – 485,000 buys
Headliners: Jon Jones vs Lyoto Machida (Light Heavyweight Title fight), Frank Mir vs Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Tito Ortiz vs Antonio Rogerio Nogueira

5) UFC 128 – 490,000 buys

Headliners: Mauricio Rua vs Jon Jones (Light Heavyweight Title fight), Urijah Faber vs Eddie Wineland

4)UFC 135 – 520,000 buys
Headliners: Jon Jones vs Quinton Jackson (Light Heavyweight Title fight), Josh Koscheck vs Matt Hughes

3) UFC 126 – 725,000 buys
Headliners: Anderson Silva vs Vitor Belfort (Middleweight Title fight), Forrest Griffin vs Rich Franklin, Jon Jones vs Ryan Bader

1- tied) UFC 129 – 800,000 buys
Headliners: Georges St-Pierre vs Jake Shields (Welterweight Title fight), Jose Aldo vs Mark Hominick (Featherweight Title fight)

1-tied) UFC 141 – 800,000 buys
Headliners: Brock Lesnar vs Alistair Overeem

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