Never one to shy away from making bold predictions, UFC president Dana White stated that he anticipates that their UFC 94 extravaganza this past weekend will now rank as the organization’s top pay-per-view earner in the organization’s brief 16-year history. In fact, the 1.3 million PPV buys that White is suggesting would even surpass the monumental boxing match that took place this past December.
The highly anticipated rematch between UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre and BJ Penn received an unprecedented amount of exposure. From the $2 million “UFC Primetime” show that provided 24-hour coverage of the fighters, to the all-day coverage on ESPN.com’s “MMA LIVE,” there was no way that this fight couldn’t be the promotion’s biggest.
While the official PPV numbers have yet to be released, White said he expected UFC 94 to surpass both UFC 91 – that featured the UFC heavyweight battle between champ Randy Couture and Brock Lesnar – which earned a reported 1,010,000 buys, and UFC 92 – which featured an all-star cast – earning them 1.2 million buys.
If in fact White’s predictions hold true, it would even top the stellar 1.25 million PPV buys that the Oscar De La Hoya-Manny Pacquiao garnered in December.