The UFC will be pleased with the pay per view buys for UFC 145. The Jon Jones – Rashad Eavns story drew in some very large numbers they do not usually see.
Dave Meltzer reports on the numbers at the Wrestling Observer:
…the story was strong enough that early estimates of PPV numbers have topped 700,000 buys, by far the largest of Jones’ career. The number was big for UFC, because they had not established a new young star who was a major consistent draw since the rise of Brock Lesnar, now retired, and Georges St. Pierre, out for most of the year. While the draw was in good part due to the storyline, the number was big enough to where it, combined with WrestleMania a few weeks ago, seems to contradict a lot of people’s views of PPV as a dying industry. The big events, like this and WrestleMania, have done better than most expectations going in.
Jones has only headlined a hand full of PPVs. Here are the buy rate for his career as a main-eventer:
UFC 128 Shogun vs. Jones: 490,000 buys
UFC 135 Jones vs. Rampage: 520,000 buys
UFC 140 Jones vs. Machida: 485,000 buys
UFC 145 Jones vs. Evans: 700,000 buys