UFC 116 buy rate w/source

Source  2010/7/7/1557743/information-on-ufc-116-buyrate



Information on UFC 116 buyrate: Could be 2nd highest in company history







The main event between Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin is the driving force behind UFC 116's pay-per-view buyrate, which could be the second best in company history.




In the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (subscription required), Dave Meltzer has the breakdown of the early trending patterns for the amount of buys UFC 116 garnered.



Based on trending patterns, which also show some wide variations instead of consistencies, the number would look to be 1.15 million to 1.25 million. Those are usually very good predictors of buys, but they are not numbers coming from direct buys. But based on trending levels, the show looks good for finishing in the No. 2 spot on the all-time UFC list. It would be a big surprise to finish lower than No. 4.



What makes this show interesting, as mentioned by Meltzer above, was the wild market-by-market inconsistencies it showed. The same inconsistencies was shown in sports bars, as well. He attributes this to Lesnar drawing the pro-wrestling crowd to buy the pay-per-view.



There were markets, such as on the West Coast in traditionally strong UFC cities but not traditionally strong pro wrestling cities, where the show did not do as well as Evans vs. Jackson. However, in some strong traditional pro wrestling markets, the show did not only beat Evans vs. Jackson, but UFC 100, every Mike Tyson fight, and every PPV in history with the exception of De La Hoya vs. Mayweather. It's those variations that, unless more data is in, make any estimate at this point difficult from a PPV standpoint. Based on the weak markets, which weren't really all that weak, if that were to hold up in most of the country, it could do 850,000, but realistically, nobody expects less than 1 million buys. Based on the good markets, it would look to beat UFC 100's record, but I would be very surprised to see it come close to that number.



Meltzer went on to write that late buys could become a factor due to word-of-mouth as well as ESPN coverage of the show.


We talked about how we thought this show would do last week on the radio show. It was last Wednesday and we talked about how the hype didn't feel anything the hype for Evans/Jackson. I think I've figured that one out: It's because Brock Lesnar draws in a group of fans who won't be talking about the show the week before the fight. They just buy it. And it's clear pro-wrestling fans buy the show when Lesnar fights, so I think that explains why it didn't feel as big going in, but it could end up being bigger.


Regardless of whether or not it beats Evans/Jackson, it's clear the UFC now has three fighters (the others being Georges St-Pierre and BJ Penn) that appear to be pay-per-view draws on their own, regardless of opponent.


What's more is that this again reinforces that a big main event will draw regardless of what the undercard is, making it likely that we will see the UFC move more toward the boxing model (big main event, lesser undercard bouts) when it knows it has a big fight. With the exception being on a big show (like UFC 100 or UFC 112), where the company is known to stack the cards for special occasions.




  

frontrowbrian -  Lesnar = UFC's #1 PPV draw

Without question.
#1 Lesnar
#2 GSP

Basically a card with like

Brock vs. Contender
Rampage vs. Shogun
GSP vs. Anderson
BJ vs. Contender

would break all records. Of course they won't do that but twould be funny

frontrowbrian - 
HOWtasteMYbigPP - 
frontrowbrian -  Lesnar = UFC's #1 PPV draw

Without question.
#1 Lesnar
#2 GSP

 Chael Sonnen will soon be #2

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Yeah, because the average fan wants to watch someone who is allergic to finishing. sonnen's the epitome of being all talk. If he gassed laying on top of Nate, how do you think he's going to last 5 rounds of lay 'n' pray?

Outside of his shit talking what is his draw? He doesn't finish, his only good fights are his losses. Why would you want a champ who you know is going to go the distance every fight?

No real source.

Can you nimrods read, comprende English?

It says off of TRENDING PATTERNS. In other words, the dipshit is taking a guess!

The REAL numbers will never be released.

If the UFC can put the right angle on the Brock/Cain fight (i.e. USA/Mexico twist), I can forsee it breaking the UFC 100 PPV record.

It's a pretty wide known fact that Latino's love combat sports, and they support 'their own' when it's being showcased on a big stage ala a championship fight.

It'll be interesting to see at what lengths the UFC will go to draw the all important "international audience".

KissMisery - No real source.



Can you nimrods read, comprende English?



It says off of TRENDING PATTERNS. In other words, the dipshit is taking a guess!



The REAL numbers will never be released.


 the ufc's success seems to upset you, friend.

The owners of the UFC are 2 BILLION dollars in the hole, friend.

If that's success then I don't want a part of it.

 Zuffa LLC is not part of Station Casino`s.  ^^^^

Come on now. That's like saying I have debt under my wife's name. It's still debt that I owe. It's going to have to be repaid.

The dudes had to sell a part of the UFC to the Jihad (so keep chanting USA, USA when you go to the LIVE events!) in order to appease the creditors which were going to take the casinos away.

KissMisery - Come on now. That's like saying I have debt under my wife's name. It's still debt that I owe. It's going to have to be repayed.



The dudes had to sell a part of the UFC to the Jihad (so keep chanting USA, USA when you go to the LIVE events!) in order to appease the creditors which were going to take the casinos away.


 vtfd

 Hillarious to see the haters get upset.

You guys are funny.

Voting this down. Voting this up.

How old are you again?

KissMisery - You guys are funny.



Voting this down. Voting this up.



How old are you again?


 old enough to know the difference between jihad and Flash Entertainment

Great numbers.

That sucks if the undercards become weaker, like in boxing.

KissMisery - No real source.

Can you nimrods read, comprende English?

It says off of TRENDING PATTERNS. In other words, the dipshit is taking a guess!

The REAL numbers will never be released.


You're a moron. Dave Meltzer has had the same sources inside the PPV distribution companies since before you were a broken condom in your mom's hoo-ha. He's been estimating PPV numbers for DECADES. He estimates wrestling and boxing PPV numbers before they come out based on his models and sources, and he's always very close and very accurate. There's not a single person who knows more about the combat sports PPV industry than Meltzer and nobody is more respected.

This "DIPSHIT" knows more about MMA than you ever have, ever will, or ever could. He knows more about this business than you will ever know about anything, ever.

STFU, GTFO this forum and go away.

The only thing Meltzer knows more about than me is how a pair of wrestler's gear smells like after their done competing in them.

His sources are not any more accurate than yours or mine for that matter. He was a paid shill for PROFESSIONAL wrestling (yes, the fake one you guys talk trash about but when it comes to PPV #s he is your fountain of knowledge, OK Junior) and now a PAID UFC shill.

"That sucks, I hate it when good things happen to MMA/UFC"

-80% of the UG

KissMisery - The only thing Meltzer knows more about than me is how a pair of wrestler's gear smells like after their done competing in them.

His sources are not any more accurate than yours or mine for that matter. He was a paid shill for PROFESSIONAL wrestling (yes, the fake one you guys talk trash about but when it comes to PPV #s he is your fountain of knowledge, OK Junior) and now a PAID UFC shill.


Which wrestling promotion is he a paid shill of? He's very critical about the steroid and drug problems and the tolerance by promoters of them in the industry.

UFC 116 was one of the best cards in a LONG time. As much as people complained about "weak" fights on paper, how did they all turn out?

The prelims had a come-from-behind submission, a one-minute TKO, and a slam KO that made the Sportscenter Top 10. Georgie/Batman was the only fight to go to decision on the main card and it was a solid scrap. Sos/Bonnar II, Lytle/Brown II, and Leben/Akiyama were all fantastic back-and-forth fights with stunning finishes. The main event had the champ nearly finished before roaring back and stopping the challenger in the second.

Every fight was outstanding, and these (projected) high PPV numbers look very good for Zuffa, especially since all the fans that watched that PPV are sure to come back for a future one after getting their money's worth.

Oh wait, I forgot, it's the UG, that means Zuffa/Dana White's success is a bad thing. My bad.