Power Slap Makes its PPV Debut In March at UFC APEX

Power Slap will air its tournament finals on March 11, three days after the final episode of Power Slap: Road to the Title airs on TBS.

Power Slap
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Despite being critically panned, Dana White’s Power Slap League will move forward with plans to close out its first season on pay-per-view.

The Power Slap finals will air live from The UFC APEX in Las Vegas on March 11 according to a report from Sports Illustrated. The event will bear witness to the crowning of the first-ever Power Slap champions in four different weight classes including heavyweight, light heavyweight, middleweight, and welterweight. Headlining the event will be a heavyweight title matchup between Darius “The Destroyer” Mata-Varona and “Wolverine” Ron Bata, the two head coaches of Power Slap: Road to the Title

Emanating from The Theater at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas that same evening, the UFC will air a Fight Night card headlined by former bantamweight champion Petr Yan and No. 3 ranked contender Merab Dvalishvili. 

Power Slap Brings the Heat in its March PPV Debut

On January 18, Power Slap debuted on the TBS network to little fanfare, bringing in a lowly 290,000 viewers. Dana White’s latest creation did see a glimmer of hope in its second episode as the estimated number of viewers jumped up to 413,000. Despite the improvement, the number is still somewhat of a disappointment considering Power Slap’s lead-in program All Elite Wrestling brought in over a million viewers. 

The UFC president has certainly done himself no favors in trying to gain viewership for the program, telling critics, “If you don’t f*cking like it, don’t watch it.” White has also suggested people “watch The Voice” if they take issue with seeing individuals subjected to sanctioned brain trauma on a weekly basis. 

While Power Slap’s numbers have improved in ratings, it remains to be seen if people are willing to shell out their hard-earned money to watch people slap one another on pay-per-view.

Published on February 1, 2023 at 12:37 pm
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