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Thursday, 04/26/2012, 03:00 pm

Jon Jones Draws Big With 700,000 PPV Buys | Proves Star Power | UFC NEWS

By Lynn Mitchell:
Jon Jones is materializing as star who can sell pay per views.  The recent stats show a whopping 700,000 pay per view buys – this is huge in today’s market.  The rivalry with Rashad played a big factor.   Evans is already a proven draw with 1 million plus buys for UFC 114’s Rashad vs. Rampage.  Jones has only been headlining UFC PPVs since UFC 128 when he took the title from Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.  The numbers has certainly jumped significantly.

  • 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

“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 GSP, 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.”  Dave Meltzer – Wrestling Observer


28 Responses to “Jon Jones Draws Big With 700,000 PPV Buys | Proves Star Power | UFC NEWS”

  1. Edger says:

    I only get the ppv that jones fights in cause I want someone to kick his ass! I hate jones

    • GET RID OF FITCH (forever) says:

      The thought of my $55 or a part of it going into Jones pocket just made me puke. I will never gain buy another Jon Jones PPV or at least until he fights somoen his own size like JDS or Overeem

  2. Xaninho says:

    If I remember correctly there were two fighters in that PPV main event? Who says people bought it for Jones?

  3. Nando says:

    Rampage & Rashad did over a million & that was a 3 rounder

  4. Ninja Oreo Dollop says:

    I was expecting 1,000,000 PPV buys. I had people on facebook whom I never knew were into MMA going to watch the fight and commenting on it on facebook. I also went to two bars that night and both were at capacity.

  5. GET RID OF FITCH (forever) says:

    My dream is to see some bjj ace like Mir or Palharis grab ahold of one of Jones toothpick ankles or his 35″ forearm and snap it like Tim Sylvia’s did. Jones ankles are smaller than my wrists why hasn’t somoene exploited this and kicked side of his knees and ankles like he always trys to do to everyon ehe fights. Jones is CHEAP shot fighter. same thing with A. Silva only 2 fightrs in UFC that intentionally try and blow out their opponenst knees. Yeah i know its legal but its cheap

  6. riotman says:

    Rashad vs Rampage,big. Rashad vs Jones big. Who says the PPV buys had anything to do with Jones? I personally bought it to see Rashad fight. I would think he is the draw.

  7. A.James says:

    Rashad sells fights. Not Bones. No disrespect.

  8. abq says:

    Jones has skills, but he is a pretender

  9. Hunter says:

    Why does anybody hate on any fighter? They all work their asses off, they all have the balls to get in the cage and fight someone who is trying to hurt them, and they’re all skilled enough to fight on the worlds biggest show. I bought it to see two of my fav lhw fight.

  10. joegun says:

    Hate jones..hope hendo knocks him out..if not move em up n put em against..strive or lingo n see how he does..

  11. joegun says:

    Fucked up phone..I meant stru
    ve or kongo

  12. exit 8 says:

    When your champion is booed at weighing and fight. That’s a problem

  13. KIDD433 says:

    Still not impressed by JONES.FIGHT AT HEAVYWEIGHT WHERE YOU FUCKING BELONG.Guys that are actually your size.His striking looks like shit,only reason he lands anything is because his arms are WAY too long for the smaller 205ers.He gives back kicks a bad name too.

    Nate Diaz is another pansy that needs to fight at his weight.6’1″,and fighting at 155.Are you kidding me.At 170 still looks fucken anerexic.He needs to move up to 185 too.BECAUSE THEY’RE NOT FAIR FIGHTS!!!

  14. KIDD433 says:

    the only thing JON JONES is good at doing is shooting for a takedown and elbowing from the top.which is a boring and chicken shit way to win.In my opinion,if thats the only thing u know how to do.than your not a real fighter.

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