In this article, I will be going over the top 5 best selling UFC PPV of all time.
10. UFC 121: Lesnar Vs Velazquez
In 10th place on the list is the fight between WWE superstar Brock Lesnar and Cain Velazquez. The fight sold 1,050,000 PPV buys. This is most likely due to Lesnar's worldwide popularity as he was one of the most well-known fighters in the UFC. Despite the hype, Lesnar lost by first-round TKO and Cain Velazquez was crowned the new heavyweight champion of the world.
9. UFC 207: Nunes Vs Rousey
At number 9 is the fight card that featured the highly anticipated return of Ronda Rousey. The fight sold 1.1 million PPV buys. Ronda Rousey was an extremely popular mixed martial artist and we can probably agree that the PPV did so well as it was her great return. However, once again the superstar didn't live up to the hype as Amanda Nunes finished Rousey by TKO in the first round defending her belt.
8. UFC 193: Rousey Vs Holm
Another main event entry from Ronda Rousey in the top 10 this time is her UFC 193 bout against Holly Holm. The fight also did 1.1 million PPV buys and once again it was Ronda losing only this time she lost the belt. The overall outcome was a huge shock as Holly came in as a huge underdog however, she was able to finish Rousey with a 2nd round head kick KO.
7. UFC 116: Lesnar Vs Carwin
Brock Lesnar makes yet another appearance as his bout against Shane Carwin comes in at number 7. The card sold 1.16 million PPV buys. This time, however, Lesnar managed to get his hand raised as he submitted Carwin in the 2nd round by arm triangle.
6. UFC 194: Aldo Vs McGregor
Jose Aldo's highly anticipated title defenses against McGregor come in at number 6 with 1.2 million PPV buys. This is largely due to superstar Conor McGregor's soaring popularity. In the end Conor lived up to the hype as he finished the champion in just 13 seconds which still stands as the record for the fastest title fight victory.
5. UFC 205: Alvarez Vs McGregor
At number 5 is UFC 205. The UFC's first-ever event at the Madison Square Garden Arena in New York featured 3 title fights. Conor McGregor made history in the main event as he defeated Eddie Alvarez by KO/TKO to become the first-ever UFC double champion. The card itself had 1.3 million PPV buys.
4. UFC 100: Lesnar Vs Mir
At number 4 is the UFC's 100th event. In the headliner Brock Lesnar faced off against Frank Mir in their rematch however, the card also featured Georges St-Pierre in the co-main event. In the end, both Lesnar and GSP defended their belts and the PPV did 1.3 million buys.
3. UFC 196: McGregor Vs Diaz
In 3rd place is UFC 196. It was initially supposed to be the fight between McGregor and Rafael Dos Anjos for the undisputed UFC lightweight championship however, RDA was injured and McGregor needed an opponent. Diaz stepped up and fought Conor at welterweight on short notice. In a shocking upset Diaz was able to get the 2nd round submission victor by rear-naked choke. The fight ended up doing 1.317 million buys.
2. UFC 202: Diaz Vs McGregor 2
Coming just short of the top spot is Conor McGregor's rematch against Nate Diaz. After McGregor shockingly lost to Diaz by 2nd round submission, the rematch was booked for UFC 202. A fight card that did 1.6 million PPV buys. In the main event, McGregor earned a close majority decision win over Diaz which left us all wanting a trilogy fight.
1. UFC 229: Khabib Vs McGregor
At number 1 is UFC 229. The main event featured McGregor's return to the octagon after almost 2 years of absence. The fight was Khabibs first title defence since winning the vacant title against Al Iaquinta. Khabib was able to submit McGregor in the fourth round by rear-naked choke. The fight did a record 2.4 million PPV buys.