Report: GSP Return Drives UFC 217 to Estimated 875,000 Pay-Per-View Buys
It wasn’t quite Conor
McGregor numbers, but
UFC 217 still did pretty well in the pay-per-view
According to a report from
MMAFighting.com, the Nov. 4 card at Madison Square Garden in
New York did an estimated 875,000 pay-per-view buys in North
America. That would make it the UFC’s top-selling card of 2017,
surpassing the reported 860,000 buys drawn by UFC 214, which was
headlined by a light heavyweight title rematch between Jon Jones and
The main attraction of UFC 217, of course, was the return of
Pierre. The ex-welterweight champion had not competed in the
Octagon since 2013, and he made a successful comeback by submitting
Bisping in the third round to capture the 185-pound belt. St.
Pierre’s last appearance at UFC 167 did an estimated
637,000 pay-per-view buys.
It was the second best for a card headlined by St. Pierre overall.
Only UFC 158, topped by St. Pierre vs. Nick Diaz, did
better with 950,000 pay-per-view buys.
UFC 217 also saw T.J.
Dillashaw claim bantamweight gold with a second-round stoppage
Garbrandt in the co-main event, while Rose
Namajunas upset Joanna
Jedrzejczyk to win the strawweight title in another featured
After the conclusion of the event, UFC President Dana White claimed
that the card did more than 1 million pay-per-view buys. The
promotion is believed to have surpassed the 1 million mark four
times in 2016 – and three of those cards were headlined by
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