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Ronda Rousey proves women can draw


After years of listening to close minded morons on how no one wants to see Women’s MMA and how it will never take off, we now have some more great data that proves otherwise. Ronda Rousey isn’t just a draw, she’s already sitting at the #5 draw spot in the UFC according to Dave Meltzer:

Dave claims that DirecTV is stating that no other UFC PPV show has ever sold more buys for the High Definition telecast than UFC 157 drew. The early web PPV buys UFC got for the show led them to think the show would draw 300,000 PPV buys but momentum grew and then they started feeling that the show could hit the 500,000 PPV buy mark.

The belief is that Ronda was able to attract a different kind of PPV audience — one more affluent and female. However, the live audience at the Anaheim Pond was still 80% guys and pretty much standard UFC event far.

Jack Encarnacao asked where Ronda Rousey ranks as a UFC PPV draw, given that she’s a bigger attraction than Frankie Edgar, Dan Henderson, Urijah Faber, and Ben Henderson. Dave said Rousey/Carmouche out-drew Anderson Silva/Stephan Bonnar and was parallel to the Jon Jones/Vitor Belfort fight. The fight had some novelty appeal and drew way more media coverage than any other UFC fight.

“I suspect Ronda (will be) no worse than the #5 draw in the company if she continues to win.” Dave says that one UFC company source believes Ronda can draw 700,000 PPV buys a fight if she continues her winning streak over the next year. Dave says it’s a “wait and see” situation regarding whether or not Ronda can regularly draw more than 400,000 PPV buys per fight.

All it will take is a few more big draws for Ronda Rousey and some great performances from the other girls signed to the UFC and women’s MMA will be cemented in the UFC and just as valid as the other weightclasses. At that point, an argument could be made that we’re the most forward thinking and open sport on earth. Wouldn’t that be crazy?

  • Higgz

    “At that point, an argument could be made that we’re the most forward thinking and open sport on earth. Wouldn’t that be crazy?”

    Especially after the Loretta Hunt situation!!!

  • Nachtfalter

    Hell’s yeah. Homosexual skinhead fighting, the child porn of sports… nuh uh. MMA loves them gals and them gays and them minorities. We’re all rainbows, flowers and love. And facepunching, obviously.

    To the larger point of the post, I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see Ronda establish herself in the top 5 of all-time draws. And contrary to what seems to be popular belief, I don’t think a single loss would be all that terrible for her drawing potential. Popular fighters chasing and looking to avenge losses can be box office gold. Just ask Georgie.

  • kvelertak

    She proves that a semi-attractive woman at the top of a card full of men can draw.

    Rousey on her own would barely do 100k.

  • kvelertak

    It proves she can headline a card full of men who built up the sport over the years.

    That’s about it. On her own I doubt she’d do 150k

  • andherewego

    Don’t see what Loretta Hunt has to do with this. Dana’s an is equal opportunity banning people, he also banned Josh Gross and has called him a bunch of bad names too.

  • kvelertak

    It proves she can draw on a card with men who built the sport up.

    By herself she couldn’t draw 100k

  • kvelertak

    This just proves she can draw on a card of men. On her own with some invictia chicks she’d do 100k at the most.

  • kvelertak

    This stupid forum wouldnt save my comment.