Over the course of the last few years, the Ultimate Fighting Championships has seen a substantial rise in pay-per-view buys. More and more fans now are willing to shell out their hard earned money to be enthralled by the top organization in mixed martial arts.
Seven years ago, at UFC 41, UFC legends Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell and Randy “The Natural” Couture engaged in their first of three battles and had a pay-per-view buyrate of 50,000 people. Skip ahead two-and-a-half years later to UFC 57 and their third and final war generated 400,000 pay-per-view buys.
This Saturday night, at UFC 116, we will see two goliaths try to reign supreme when the returning UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar takes on heavyweight power house and interim UFC heavyweight champion Shane Carwin.
The drama surrounding this event is vastly similar to that of a high profile boxing match, where all eyes are focused on the main event. After the bout being cancelled on two separate occasions, the blockbuster heavyweight fight we’ve all been waiting for is finally here.
Will Brock Lesnar’s return to action against Shane Carwin propel UFC 116 to be one of the highest selling pay-per-views?
Before we examine that, let’s go on a blast to the past and revisit the top 10 highest pay-per-view buy rates in UFC history.