Steroids in MMA
Which MMA Fighter Will Test Positive For Steroids Next?

UFC Breaks All-Time PPV Record for Second-Straight Month

(Photo courtesy of Mark J. Rebilas.)
For nearly two years, UFC 66 — which featured the light-heavyweight title bout between the organization’s two biggest stars, Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz — was the UFC’s best-selling pay-per-view card of all time, with an estimated 1,050,000 buys. Few UFC events even came close to the lofty record, until UFC 91 in November almost surpassed it on the strength of the Couture/Lesnar superfight, bringing in a reported 1,010,000 buys. A month later, the stacked-to-death "Ultimate 2008" card smashed the old record with 1,200,000 buys. And now, if Dana White is to be believed, last Saturday’s UFC 94 show has broken the record again, with an estimated 1,300,000+ pay-per-view buys. That figure even beats the 1,250,000 buys that the Oscar De La Hoya/Manny Pacquiao boxing match pulled down in December. 

Could the UFC be a recession-proof business, with a steadily growing base of consumers? Or are the killer numbers for St. Pierre vs. Penn 2 a direct result of the event’s marketing blitz, which included the flashy new documentary series UFC Primetime? And how long will this new record last? Though there are no bonafide superfights on the schedule right now, DW reminds us that we have Mir/Lesnar, Penn/Florian, Rashad Evans‘s first title defense, and Randy Couture‘s next fight coming up, so there’s no shortage of great matchups to be had. Meanwhile, the UFC’s competition is thrilled to get 150,000-200,000 buys, which just illustrates the gulf in success between the top MMA outfit in the world and everybody else.

Unfortunately, not all is rosy in the financial realm of Zuffa. Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta’s Station Casinos empire announced that it would be going through a "prepackaged bankruptcy" to avoid being crushed by the $2 billion in debts it accrued when the company went private in 2007. Station has been one of the hardest-hit casino groups during the current economic downturn, which has greatly affected Las Vegas’s tourism and real estate markets.

Cagepotato Comments

Showing 1-25 of comments

Sort by : Show hidden comments
Big Ellie- February 9, 2009 at 10:32 am
How about versus you...thats right you...the stupid person reading this...i will F u up...then your girl...then coming for you
Anonymous- February 9, 2009 at 4:54 am
This was the most overhyped overrated card I can ever remember.
Thank christ I watched it online and didn't shell out 45 dollars like a lot of dumb asses did.
agentsmith- February 6, 2009 at 5:21 am
No "prepackaged bankruptcy" could hold a candle to my momma's homemade bankruptcies.
Anonymous- February 6, 2009 at 1:32 am
The GSP vs. Penn was good but the real money maker was seeing Lyoto finally get a KO...the only KO of the night.
Anonymous- February 5, 2009 at 8:00 pm
You're a fucking moron if you think that the GSP/Penn card was worth the money!
Perdew- February 5, 2009 at 5:30 pm
that's the dumbest thing i've ever read.

you only think that now. going into the gspvpenn fight you know you got wet. there is no way before that fight you were thinking you'd rather see fitch get dominated again.
Anonymous- February 5, 2009 at 5:04 pm
Do you you Fuck Stick's know how long it takes to get accurate PPV numbers?
It takes weeks sometimes months too.
This is just propaganda coming from Dana White's mouth.
Also if UFC 94 is the most watched PPV ever that's a shame because the entire card was a huge letdown with a completely one-sided main event.
I'd have rather seen GSP/Fitch 2 than the GSP/Penn rematch.
Ricky- February 5, 2009 at 4:33 pm
I hate stupid f'in comments like this..

Sodak Says:
Thu, 02/05/2009 - 13:16
ufc are some greedy fucks they need to pay they're fucking fighters thats like 30 million dollars profit and the fighter payouts like 1 or 2

If you are a fighter and you want more money, go to another organization. The UFC is the only org on firm ground right now, and that is because they realize it is goddamn stupid to pay their fighters75% more then the total amount that gets brought in.

Only fight org that will survive is the UFC and that is because they know how to run a business.

Now shutupand you and your boyfriend can go back to doing tests with vaseline to see if it really makes it too slippery for another dude to mount your back when you are face down on the carpet.
Perdew- February 5, 2009 at 4:19 pm

tru tru tru . I do like the young LW's a lot and they obviously show great promise a la kenflo, good point. we both see what the other is saying. they just can't put on too many card carrying fights as of now. I'm not exactly jumping out of my pants to watch stevenson vs sanchez as a main event...but it is for free. IMO the MW and WW divisions are the only reason the 95 card has any strength.
Creamy CA Roll- February 5, 2009 at 3:55 pm
@ Perdew

Point taken about all of the talented lightweights outside of Zuffa. Although, they now have 4 in CP's Power Rankings since Diego is dropping down to LW.

Granted Zuffa doesn't have some of the best in the division but that's not entirely their fault. I think it's only a matter of time before Eddie Alvarez signs with them, but Hansen and Aoki would rather stay put in Japan. I mean where else could Aoki get away with fighting with his magic pants?

And I still disagree with you about them not having great talent in this division. Sure most of them aren't top 10 fighters yet, and they might lose to those LW's outside of Zuffa, but give them time. Who would have believed that KenFlo would be ranked 5th a few years back? Most of the fighters in this division are in their mid 20's or younger. This divisions best years are still ahead of it IMO and I can't wait!
pierre larouche- February 5, 2009 at 1:40 pm
So the jap mob went belly up and PRIDE folded, let's see what's gonna happen if the wops go under.

Always go with the chosen people when you are dealing with money, just ask Fedor's management.
Anonymous- February 5, 2009 at 1:33 pm
Im sure the face full of fist bj just received in the picture had something to do with vasaline
Perdew- February 5, 2009 at 1:18 pm
@ creamy

i agree with you about kongo and gonzaga being out of their element when thinking of a title shot, although i love hearing kongo say "i want the tittle". that shit is hilarious.

but considering talent rich as opposed to competitive, the LW division is weak. just look at the CP power rankings. how many ufc fighters are in their divisions top 10? i'm considering wec fighters to be under the ufc banner for this.

HW-5 of 10
LHW-9 of 10
MW-7 of 10
WW-8 of 10

all of the the ufc lightweights would look like shit if aoki, alvarez and hansen came over
Sodak- February 5, 2009 at 1:16 pm
ufc are some greedy fucks they need to pay they're fucking fighters thats like 30 million dollars profit and the fighter payouts like 1 or 2
iron helps us play- February 5, 2009 at 1:13 pm
good point Perdew.
it looks light white is trying to bring over some lightweights though.
i'm looking forward to that.

i too also love hearing kongo say he wants the title.
Perdew- February 5, 2009 at 1:10 pm
ufc boasts to be the best, not because they are the most competitive, but because they believe they have the best talent. they need to step it up. none of my favorite LW's are in the ufc aside from bj and kenflo.
Thoughts- February 5, 2009 at 1:06 pm
BJ properly demonstrates how to take a superman jab. Very nice. (Applause)
Dynamite!!- February 5, 2009 at 1:01 pm
the middleweight division will be a lot more interesting when gsp moves up.
Creamy CA Roll- February 5, 2009 at 12:58 pm
@ Perdew

How do you figure that the LW the weakest weight class in the UFC? They may not have as many superstars as the LHW, but that division is stacked with up and coming stars. It is the only division in the UFC where you can even imagine doing a grand prix tournament. With guys like Florian, Sherk, Stevenson, Diego Sanchez, Tyson Griffen, Clay Guida, Huerta (still has one fight left in his contract), Frankie Edgar, all vying for a title shot - it is easily the most competitive division in the UFC IMO. Plus there is still a good chance that we'll see most of the LW division of the WEC absorbed into the UFC in the near future.

The weakest divisions by far would have to be MW and HW where you only have to string together two wins in a row to get a possible title shot. It's pathetic that guys like Kongo and Gonzaga can fight one-and-done cans and be considered in the title mix
Perdew- February 5, 2009 at 12:54 pm
it's a shame none of the awesome fights to come have anything to do with anderson. he's stuck fighting assholes like leites. that's not appealing anymore now that we are getting used to these fucking superfights. no wonder bj wanted to get outta the LW division for a little. it is easily the weakest ufc weight class.

DW should focus on bringing in some talent to the MW division. God the ufc really needs to bring in mousasi (the wannabe HW??) and jacare. i'd even love to see manhoef. the number two MW should never be micheal bisping
TUF Guy's Dad- February 5, 2009 at 12:50 pm
@ Splagger

Good point. i was actually thinking that when I read his post.
Machete for hands- February 5, 2009 at 12:49 pm
so whats the deal with the whole vaseline incident? whats gonna happen CAGEPOTATO??
Splagger- February 5, 2009 at 12:47 pm
CLOZER = TUF Guy posting under another name.
Kadumel- February 5, 2009 at 12:46 pm
I love the love that Clozer is giving me. He thinks because he was imitating me recently that I am writing pseudo interviews. Sorry Clozer, but I don't know who the author is. Nice try, troll!
Creamy CA Roll- February 5, 2009 at 12:46 pm
That photo looks like it was taken out of an anime fight sequence