UFC 261: Kamaru Usman vs Jorge Masvidal fell short of the one million mark as the recent reports according to Sports Business Journal’s John Ourand, the hugely anticipated UFC 261 sold around 700,000 PPV buys domestically on ESPN+. Needless to say, these numbers are expected to change after the global numbers are out, however, more than 700,000 domestically is in itself a huge number.
UFC 261 PPV Buys: 700,000
Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal shared the UFC Octagon once again in the headliner of UFC 261 for the UFC’s welterweight championship. Gamebred looked more confident going into the rematch, having had a chance to understand Usman’s credibility inside the Octagon the last time around when he dropped a unanimous decision loss to the Nigerian Nightmare back at UFC 251.
However, it was Usman who got his hand raised with a vicious KO win over Jorge Masvidal. In the process, Usman also became the first fighter to hand a stoppage loss to Gamebred.
UFC 251 was a huge success, raking in 1.2 million PPV buys. It was also the first big event after the pandemic which took place on Fight Island. Additionally, the card boasted of some exciting fights including Max Holloway vs Alexander Volkanovski, Petr Yan vs Jose Also, and the rematch between Rose Namajunas vs Jessica Andrade.
Needless to say, UFC 261 was equally exciting with once again three titles on the line. Rose Namajunas dethroned Zhang Weili to become a two-time strawweight champion. Meanwhile, Valentina Shevchenko did what she does best, as she picked up a dominating win over Jessica Andrade to defend her flyweight championship.
UFC 261: Kamaru Usman vs Jorge Masvidal was as exciting as it gets
UFC 261 opened with an exciting match-up between former light-heavyweight title contender Anthony Smith and young prospect Jimmy Crute. In what was a back and forth fight between both the mixed martial artist, it was the MMA veteran who got his hand raised after a brutal leg kick at the end of the first round left Crute compromised. The referee called the fight as Crute refused to quit, in what was a fighting spectacle inside the UFC Octagon.
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UFC 261: Kamaru Usman vs Jorge Masvidal also witnessed one of the most horrific incidents in the world of mixed martial arts as Chris Weidman fractured his tibia and fibula against Uriah Hall.