The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was in Detroit, Michigan on Saturday, Dec. 2, for UFC 218. The world’s most famous mixed martial arts promotion hosted the exciting fight card inside the Little Caesars Arena for the Detroit fans and for fans tuning into the live pay-per-view from around the world. However, it now seems that the PPV purchases for UFC 218 are lower than the promotion may have hoped for.
UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway was granted a chance to defend his title in the night’s main event. The fighter was initially set to face off against former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar. However, Edgar was pulled from the match up due to an injury. As a result, former title holder and former opponent Jose Aldo stepped up on short notice to fight for the featherweight title once again.
Holloway would go on to earn his second consecutive third round TKO victory over “Scarface,” retaining his UFC title. However, it has since been revealed that the early estimates for the pay-per-view sales of UFC 218 have come in at around 230,000. By comparison, UFC President Dana White has claimed that UFC 217 hit 1 million PPV sales.