The initial numbers are back for UFC 52 pay per view buys featuring Liddell vs Couture. MMAWeekly.com talked with an official for DirecTV who believes that the pay per view did “In the 210,000 range” but didn’t have direct numbers from all cable services.
According to Dave Meltzer, in his latest wrestling observer, he believes that UFC 52 did around 200,000 buys. Either way, if the number was just over 200,000 buys then that was the number Zuffa at least wanted to get to.
The main event of that show was Chuck Liddell vs Randy Couture as Liddell KO’d Couture. The previous pay per view high number under the Zuffa regime was Tito Ortiz vs Ken Shamrock at UFC 40 where it was estimated the ppv did around 150,000 buys.
The big question with the taping of Season II for the Ultimate Fighter going on currently in Las Vegas, Nevada is what will happen if the coaches don’t fight at the end of the show like they did at UFC 52.
As MMAWeekly.com originally broke the story that Rich Franklin and Matt Hughes are the two coaches for Season II of the show, both Hughes and Franklin have said many times that they would not fight one another because of their relationships with the Miletich Fighting Systems.
So will the UFC use fighters from Season II on the ppv for UFC 55? It will be interesting to see what plan they choose for the finale and ppv to follow.