While Tom Atencio’s week just seems to be getting worse and worse, things couldn’t be better in UFC Land. As expected, UFC 100 did gangbuster numbers:
UFC 100 was available in more than 300 million homes in 17 languages. While the UFC has a company policy of not disclosing exact pay-per-view figures, the sales for UFC 100 were in excess of 1.5 million, making it one of the most-watched PPV events in history.
White had jokingly promised reporters at a prefight news conference he’d base jump from the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas if UFC 100 reached 1.5 million pay-per-view sales.
Fertitta declined to give a sales figure, but he did say, “I think Dana is going to be doing a base jump at Mandalay Bay.”
Looks like MMA just cracked the all time biggest PPV buys list. Here’s the list as it stood before 100:
2,400,000 – 5/5/07 – Oscar De La Hoya vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr.
1,990,000 – 6/28/97 – Mike Tyson vs. Evander Holyfield
1,600,000 – 11/9/96 – Mike Tyson vs. Evander Holyfield
1,580,000 – 8/19/95 – Mike Tyson vs. Peter McNeely
1,400,000 – 4/19/91 – Evander Holyfield vs. George Foreman
1,400,000 – 3/16/96 – Mike Tyson vs. Frank Bruno
1,400,000 – 9/18/99 Oscar De La Hoya vs. Felix Trinidad
And while it’ll be a while before we managed to beat Oscar versus Floyd, I take solace in knowing that event was a giant egg full of suck.