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Rumor: UFC 225 struggles on pay-per-view with very low buy rate

That will put some butts in the seats. In news that will surely improve Dana White’s current shade of red, UFC 225 may have been a buston pay-per-view.

Not the biggest shocker but it may be another sign of the UFC looking to get out of the pay-per-view game. In a story today from the LA Times about Conor McGregor, buried deep at the end was a nugget about UFC 225.

Sources say the double title fight plus CM Punk’s second UFC fight card drew less than 150K buys. That is a remarkably low number for a two title fight UFC card and for Punk, who drew a ton of his attention for his first fight at UFC 203.

Also, how about that guy in the co-main event who supposedly attracted a lot of attention for himself? How’d that work out at the box office?

With the UFC going mostly to ESPN’s new streaming service ESPN+ in 2019, maybe this will cause company brass to scale back the number of $65 cards they ask their fan base to buy?