WOW! 2021 UFC’s PPV Preliminary Numbers Are Insane

Published 12/28/2021, 12:13 AM EST
PHOENIX, AZ – JUNE 10: Dana White prepares for the face-offs while meeting with the press and the fans during the UFC 263 press conference on June 10, 2021, at Arizona Federal Theatre in Phoenix, AZ. (Photo by Louis Grasse/PxImages/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)


As the years go by, Mixed Martial Arts is becoming more and more popular. The sport’s main stage is the UFC, i.e. the biggest and most popular promotion that has been around for almost three decades.  

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UFC boasts the world’s greatest fight library. Not only do the main cards in the promotion have some of the best fighters in the world, but the preliminary cards also often have some great fighters and former champions.

While the UFC’s main card pay-per-view numbers are undoubtedly massive, the pay-per-view numbers for the preliminary cards are also no less. Here are the statistics :

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The prelims alone hit almost a million views. This is great news for the UFC and it is definitely only the start, as the UFC will undoubtedly want to eclipse these numbers in 2022.

2021’s main cards also resulted in an insane amount of traffic for them. UFC 257’s Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor 2 boasted a buy rate of 1,600,000 buys. (Source: Tapology)

Dana White on UFC’s success

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Dana White shared his happiness on the success that the UFC has had this year. In an interview with ESPN MMA, he said, “You know what’s incredible? The most incredible thing is, every year, we beat the year before. We’re still doing it.”

The longtime UFC President added, “Our fan base has grown over 40 percent just this year.”
The UFC head honcho seemed incredibly happy for UFC’s success, and there’s no doubt that he should be. Dana White has huge plans for the promotion and, given the way it’s going, the UFC will achieve all the greatness and more.

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When is the next UFC event?

The company’s next event (UFC Vegas 46) will be on the 15th of January 2022 at a TBA location. The maiden event of 2022 will feature a featherweight bout (Calvin Kattar vs. Giga Chikadze) in the main event. Muslim Salikhov will take on Michel Pereira in a welterweight bout in the co-main event.

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Pranit Punjabi

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Pranit Punjabi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. A third-year psychology major, this Khabib Nurmagomedov fan merged his interest in psychology with his deep passion for MMA and was intrigued by this new angle to help him get closer to the action. Pranit aims to look through the violence and chaos, into what makes MMA truly beautiful, the deep and rich psychological aspect of the game.

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