Saturday’s UFC 117 event, headlined by middleweight champ Anderson Silva vs. trash-talking challenger Chael Sonnen, outperformed estimates and is trending towards 1 million pay-per-view buys, making it one of the most-watched events in the company’s history and on track with May’s UFC 114, which featured Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. Rashad Evans.
From the Wrestling Observer:
“UFC 117 is trending just slightly under the Quinton Jackson vs. Rashad Evans show, which did about 1 million buys. Dana White on Saturday night said his early trending info had him ecstatic and was pointing to the biggest Anderson Silva fight of all time. Keep in mind the previous biggest Anderson fight was versus Forrest Griffin, which did about 900,000. The feeling from the UFC side Monday was that it’s likely going to finish at around a million buys or maybe just underneath that. Two months ago, Sonnen vs. Silva would have been lucky to do 300,000 to 350,000 buys.”
Do the impressive PPV numbers mean Sonnen, who dominated Silva before being submitted in the final minutes, deserves an immediate rematch or should the next title shot go to fellow contender Vitor Belfort?
Pictured: Chael Sonnen