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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 11-13-2008, 10:13 PM Thread Starter
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White: UFC 91 will set UFC record for PPV buys

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UFC 91 is poised to be the highest-grossing pay-per-event in the promotion's history, according to UFC President Dana White.

Appearing this week on "ESPN First Take," White said Brock Lesnar's cross-over appeal will spur many WWE fans to buy the show, helping to generate what White estimates will be more than one million buys.

"We think we're going to do 1.2 million buys on this fight," White said on the show. "It's a big fight. ... (With) the WWE cross-over for this fight, a lot of WWE fans are going to tune in to see if their former wrestling champion can win in a real fight. Vince McMahon might even buy this fight."

If UFC 91 delivers that number, it will be the biggest in UFC history, surpassing the UFC 66 buy rate of 1.05 million.

UFC 66 took place in December 2006 and featured a main event of then-UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell vs. Tito Ortiz. The event, which drew a record live gate of $5.4 million, also featured Forrest Griffin vs. Keith Jardine.

Lesnar faces champion Randy Couture for the UFC heavyweight title in the UFC 91 main event Saturday night. The event takes place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

I have said for a while that I don't think it will, do you guys think it will?

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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 11-13-2008, 10:18 PM
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I dont...i think there are PPV's from the past that had good fights and then there were like one or two that were just stacked with all great fights....i think one of thos prob is at the top......I see this commin close though.....
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i voted no....w/ the economy the way it is, i think people will still want to watch it, but go to a bar instead of ordering it....

i see this event reaching 800 000 tho, which i believe would be the 2nd best event ever, but still well short of Chuch vs. Tito 2....
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UFC 91 is poised to be the highest-grossing pay-per-event in the promotion's history....


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Im thinkin its gonna do just under the 1 million mark, there isnt a massive co-main event to help it along, sure Florian Vs Stevenson is fun, but they dont have the fan base of a Griffin Vs Jardine
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I'm thinking with the wrestling crowd tuning in to see if their guy can get it done and win a real championship this will pull 1.1m buys.
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I say no because of the economy, a lot of people who might normally get a PPV aren't in the market these days. Hell I'm having about a dozen people over for it, and several of them would normally be buying it and watching it at their own home. Even I was tempted to just find a bar locally and spend my PPV cash on wings and beer. I'm going to guess about 600,000.
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Actually, I think it will probably be very high... whether or not it tops 1 mill is another story.

I dont doubt that there is truth in what Dana states as the rational why... which is sad really.

IMHO, the economy downturn prolly wont have any dramatic effect on those numbers... or at least it will be offset by the WWE crowd.
That WWE bunch is a whole new market of people looming to buy this PPV just because of Brock... even a small sample of those people who only buy WWE PPVs would tip the scale considerably.

Besides, most people/families adversely affected by the downturn have axed their big box ticket items already (new cars/houses/boat, vacations, electronics) and wouldnt mind dropping a piddly amount on a PPV event.
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I can see alot of people just looking at the main event on youtube after the fight.

Also the brits who want to watch it (possibly not many, but still. . .) we dont pay PPV, we subscribe to Setanta and its free then. . .

so who knows. . .
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it's not as appealing to the MMA fan as much as other events but we'd be buying it anyway.

I think it certainly has the potencial especially with all the hype the UFC has been giving it in the media.
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