UFC President Dana White did not appear to be joking when he told UFC 251 that the event tended to pull large numbers.
According to a report by The Athletic, around 1.3 million pay-per-view purchases were made on Saturday by UFC welterweight world champion welterweight, Kamaru Usman, and Jorge Masvidal, the fans’ favorite.
Shortly after it showed up, Masvidal (35-14 MMA, 12-7 UFC) went to Twitter to confirm the news and thank his fans (and haters) for their support.
“The overwhelming amount of support I received before, during, and after this trip was humiliating,” Masvidal wrote. “I still have a lot of goals to achieve. All of you who have come to see me win, thank you. Thank you for those who have come to see me lose. “
The estimated 1.3 million purchases are the highest the promotion has achieved for a single event since UFC 229 in October 2018. The record for the campaign is an estimated 2.4 million. This event was led by the infamous resentment game between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor.
On Saturday there were three title fights: Usman against Masvidal, Alexander Volkanovksi against Max Holloway and Petr Yan against Jose Aldo. Masvidal lost a unanimous decision over five rounds after starting the fight in just six days.
UFC 251 took place in the Flash Forum on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. It aired on pay-per-view after the preliminaries on ESPN / ESPN + and the early preliminaries on UFC Fight Pass.