Some good news for the UFC after all the craziness over the weekend: UFC 229 appears to have broken the two million buy mark on PPV.
Dana White’s headache, that started Saturday night following the main event of UFC 229, may have eased a little. On Monday, the UFC President told TMZ sports that the PPV numbers were rolling in. And according to White, it’s good news for what the company long claimed was tracking to be their biggest fight ever. In fact, it appears they smashed their viewership record.
“I’m a little giddy this morning, the Pay-Per-View numbers are starting to roll in,” White told TMZ. “I’m in a much better mood than I was on Saturday.”
That, of course, was when Khabib Nurmagomedov scaled the octagon fence and attacked Conor McGregor’s teammate Dillion Danis. “The biggest show ever, you don’t want something like this to happen,” said White. “But it did happen, and we’ll deal with it.”
“I don’t think there’s too many people that don’t understand why he did it,” White continued. “But he shouldn’t have done it. He’s the world champion, he just beat Conor in front of hte entire world. Stand up, get that belt wrapped around you. You won.”
“The guy who’s yelling at you means nothing. That guy means nothing.”
Asked specially about the buyrate, White admitted the company did not crack the three million buy mark. “We didn’t do three million. But it’s so hard to crack two million,” he pointed out, noting that even boxing’s Tyson vs. Holyfield didn’t manage that feat. “We’re way over two million,” White then announced. “So I’m happy.”