Although no one really believed that UFC 91 would do the 1.2 million pay-per-view buys that UFC President Dana White predicted, the early indications are that it did well enough to be the second-biggest mixed martial arts pay-per-view show ever.
Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter says (via Michael Rome of Bloody Elbow) that UFC 91, with its huge main event of Brock Lesnar vs. Randy Couture, appears to have done better than any show other than UFC 66, which was the second fight between Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz. According to Meltzer, UFC 91 topped the Ortiz-Ken Shamrock UFC 61 show for second place all time.
Although concrete pay-per-view numbers are hard to come by, Rome reports that UFC 91 seems to have done between 800,000 and 850,000 buys. In this economy, that's very good -- in North America, those pay-per-view numbers are only surpassed by WrestleMania and boxing shows headlined by Oscar De La Hoya.
So while the record set by Liddell and Ortiz is unlikely to fall any time soon, the UFC is in very good shape. The promotion's cards at the end of December and January are both likely to do big numbers, and several big fights are in the works for later in 2009. Even without hitting the 1 million mark, White is sitting pretty.
UFC 91: No. 2 MMA Pay-Per-View Ever originally appeared on MMA FanHouse on Wed, 26 Nov 2008 14:31:00 EST . Please see our terms for use of feeds.