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***UFC 225 bombs***

PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2018 4:40 am
by bruins2012
While UFC 225 featured a stacked lineup of fights from top to bottom, as well as the novelty act that was CM Punk’s second professional MMA bout, it may not have fared well in terms of pay-per-view buys.

An industry insider told the Los Angeles Times that UFC 225’s buyrate was below 150,000 buys. The card was headlined by middleweight champion Robert Whittaker’s thrilling split decision win over Yoel Romero, and also included Colby Covington winning the interim welterweight title over Rafael dos Anjos.

Usually “early” PPV estimates don’t come out that early, so there is reason for skepticism on that total. Site traffic certainly didn’t have the same feel of a 150,000 buy card. However, one worrisome sign is the fact that UFC 225’s preliminary card on FS1 averaged just 667,000 viewers, peaking at 848,000 for the feature bout between Alistair Overeem and Curtis Blaydes. That’s the least-watched PPV preliminary card special on FS1 this year, and only better than UFC 224, which averaged 574,000 on FX. In fact, it’s even lower than last year’s June PPV, which saw the UFC 212: Aldo vs. Holloway prelims average 732,000 viewers. As far as Nielsen ratings, UFC 225 prelims did rank 12th among all cable television programming in the 18-49 demographic, although there was also no major sports competition whatsoever apart from FOX’s Major League Baseball broadcast.

Again, it’s still an early estimate and it could be considerably higher than this, but usually strong preliminary card viewership and mid-to-high pay-per-view buyrates go hand in hand for the UFC. For example, UFC 217’s prelims averaged 1.27 million viewers, while UFC 214 still managed 886,000 viewers on FXX, which is in fewer homes than both FX and FS1. Both of those cards exceeded 800,000 buys. Compare that with UFC 213, which only did 657,000 viewers and had a buyrate somewhere in the 125,000-150,000 buys range.

If UFC 225 wasn’t a pay-per-view success, then that means there was virtually no improvement from the first Whittaker vs. Romero bout, and that certainly gives away the low level of interest in seeing CM Punk compete again. The good news for the UFC is they had over 18,000 at the United Center and a live gate over $2 million, so they fared well on that front.

Next month’s pay-per-view is UFC 226, headlined by heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic vs. light heavyweight king Daniel Cormier, as well as featherweight champion Max Holloway vs. Brian Ortega. That event takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 7th, as part of International Fight Week.

:shock:

Re: ***UFC 225 bombs***

PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2018 5:41 am
by PainDog
It was a stacked card...I don't know what it takes for a card to do well.

Just from a match up point of view Holm vs. Anderson was about as intriguing as you were going to get for WMMA even if the result was more one sided than expected.

Colby's trash talk apparent didn't equate into interest, and whatever interest was in CM Punk likely died after he was choked out by Gall.

Re: ***UFC 225 bombs***

PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2018 7:05 am
by dipset52
Nate vs pettis headliner

That’s wat it takes

Advertise nate the way you should......

And promote pettis like it’s pre usada.

Boom.

Close to 1 million buys

Re: ***UFC 225 bombs***

PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2018 10:43 am
by bruins2012
PainDog wrote:It was a stacked card...I don't know what it takes for a card to do well.

Just from a match up point of view Holm vs. Anderson was about as intriguing as you were going to get for WMMA even if the result was more one sided than expected.

Colby's trash talk apparent didn't equate into interest, and whatever interest was in CM Punk likely died after he was choked out by Gall.



Holm vs Anderson should have been on the prelims. Holly has put on a lot of boring fights lately and no one knows who Anderson is. And I agree that anyone who watch the first fight with Punk knew he wasn’t going to have any sort of career in MMA. He was terrrible. And only hardcores care about Whittaker and Romero.

Re: ***UFC 225 bombs***

PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2018 10:45 am
by bruins2012
dipset52 wrote:Nate vs pettis headliner

That’s wat it takes

Advertise nate the way you should......

And promote pettis like it’s pre usada.

Boom.

Close to 1 million buys



Nate or Nick vs anybody.

Re: ***UFC 225 bombs***

PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2018 10:58 am
by DeceptaCon
dipset52 wrote:Nate vs pettis headliner

That’s wat it takes

Advertise nate the way you should......

And promote pettis like it’s pre usada.

Boom.

Close to 1 million buys

Your hate for Pettis never gets old my friend :lol: :lol:

The problem is Dana wants to do everything his way the "White" way. He is worse than Jerry Jones.

Re: ***UFC 225 bombs***

PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2018 12:00 pm
by yoseph
It's because the only big name fighter was holly holm. Casuals dont know who yoel or whittaker are. They dont know who colby is and barely know RDA. Hopefully the whit fight was badass enough to get him more fans, but at this rate colby will be the only star because he talks like chael and conor

Re: ***UFC 225 bombs***

PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2018 12:36 pm
by dipset52
DeceptaCon wrote:
dipset52 wrote:Nate vs pettis headliner

That’s wat it takes

Advertise nate the way you should......

And promote pettis like it’s pre usada.

Boom.

Close to 1 million buys

Your hate for Pettis never gets old my friend :lol: :lol:

The problem is Dana wants to do everything his way the "White" way. He is worse than Jerry Jones.


Lol :lol: @ the white way.

Pettis wins and gets on the mic

“Nate Diaz your taking every thing I worked for”

realistically Chiesa probably mauls pettis so this whole thing is irrelevant lol

Re: ***UFC 225 bombs***

PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2018 5:32 pm
by kezzaman
make fightpass free build a bigger user base, still charge for ppvs (on fightpass) but make them alot cheaper 15$ ish.

Re: ***UFC 225 bombs***

PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2018 11:47 am
by jblaze
Like it or not there are casual fans out there. Miocic and Cormier will draw at least 500k ppv buys because more casuals know them and you will get more bar buys. Having two title fights helps out. Without big stars pretty much every card will have those numbers. They have television deals in other countries so don't think they didn't make money.

Re: ***UFC 225 bombs***

PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2018 11:52 am
by PBells
Stipe and DC haven't really done well on their own. Casuals see them as boring personalities and pretty much only want to watch Conor or Brock.

Re: ***UFC 225 bombs***

PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2018 2:37 pm
by DeceptaCon
PBells wrote:Stipe and DC haven't really done well on their own. Casuals see them as boring personalities and pretty much only want to watch Conor or Brock.

And CM Punk

Re: ***UFC 225 bombs***

PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2018 4:01 pm
by PainDog
it did better than early reports were predicting


https://www.mmamania.com/2018/6/20/1748 ... hicago-mma

Re: ***UFC 225 bombs***

PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2018 4:55 pm
by philphan
PainDog wrote:it did better than early reports were predicting


https://www.mmamania.com/2018/6/20/1748 ... hicago-mma

Yeah it might have done around 250k, which is still not that great for such a stacked card. The UFC has to start marketing these guys better. :moneybag: