That figure likely easily surpasses any pay-per-view thus far in
2017 and is the most since UFC 206, which was headlined by Ronda
Rousey’s return against Amanda
Nunes and drew a reported 1.1 million buys on Dec. 30. It is
also comparable to the first meeting between Jones and Cormier at
UFC 182, which drew 800,000 pay-per-view buys on Jan. 3, 2015.
Jones reclaimed the light heavyweight belt in the rematch, as he
stopped Cormier with a head kick and follow-up ground-and-pound
3:01 into the third frame of their main event clash. Jones’ last
Octagon appearance, a decision win over Ovince St.
Preux at UFC 197, only drew a reported 322,000 buys. Meanwhile,
Cormier’s title fights against Anthony
Johnson at UFC 187 (375,000) and vs. Alexander
Gustafsson at UFC 192 (250,000) also drew significantly less
than his two fights with Jones.
UFC 214 took place at the Honda Center in Anaheim on July 29 and
was the promotion’s strongest offering of the year so far. In
addition to the Jones-Cormier rematch, the main card saw Tyron
Woodley return his welterweight crown with a five-round verdict
Thompson, while Cristiane
Justino claimed the vacant women’s featherweight strap with a
third-round stoppage of Tonya