UFC 285 was everything that it was advertised to be and more. Delivering one of the most stacked cards in recent history, the event most certainly lived up to expectations as well. As such, many might be wondering, how did it stack up against Jake Paul vs Tommy Fury?
Previously, Jake Paul took on Heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury’s half-brother, Tommy Fury. With a lot of hype, trash talk, and a genuine rivalry, the fight was a much anticipated one. Despite it being just a YouTuber vs Love Island star fight, it drew attention from both the social media and boxing world as well.
On the night, Tommy Fury bested Jake Paul, winning the bout via split decision. Following the loss, Jake took to his podcast, BS w/ Jake Paul to talk about the fight. “The silver lining is that the PPVs are off the f*ckin charts. Probably gonna be the biggest fight of the year. It’s going to be hard to contend with, maybe Garcia and Davis”. As per Jake, “the PPV is coming in at over half a million buys.”
Further, the Problem Child revealed that the final number is still pending calculations. However, if he is to be believed, the PPV numbers from his feud with Tommy Fury are a notable accomplishment. In a recent tweet, Jake revealed that the PPV buy rate was over 775k! So it looks like the bout really captured the imagination of the audience.
I delivered over 775,000 of these last Sunday to customers.
What other professional boxer did that on their 7th day in the job? https://t.co/HQYtVopLpn
— Jake Paul (@jakepaul) March 3, 2023
Additionally, Jake is determined to trigger the rematch clause and likely get his win against Tommy.
Can UFC 285 touch one million PPV buy?
In comparison to Paul vs Fury, UFC 285 had some of the most talented fighters on the card. Be it the early prelims, the prelims, or the main card itself, the firepower on the card was unparalleled. To make matters even better, fans were treated to two title fights in the main and co-main events of the evening.
Whilst Alexa Grasso shocked the world by submitting Valentina Shevchenko, Jon Jones marked his return with a dominant submission over Ciryl Gane in Round 1. As such, the night was filled with some amazing fights and shocking results. Thus, according to various sources, the UFC 285 PPV buys came in at around 600-800,000 buys. This tremendous success was expected considering Jon Jones brings in over 550,000 PPV buys on average.
WHAT A NIGHT!! How about the performances from these three 🤯 #UFC285
— UFC (@ufc) March 5, 2023
Moreover, the fight reportedly generated $12.15 Million in revenue for the UFC. According to UFC President Dana White, the event was trending to be an MSG-type gate and has surely lived up to the head honcho’s expectations. With the estimations around the million mark, we are yet to receive any official numbers for the buys.
However, judging by the massive success it was, UFC 285 PPV buys could touch the million mark and even cross it. As Robert Whittaker predicted before the event, it would likely be the highest PPV card of the year. Thus, with all the factors, such as hype, gate attendance, and sponsorship payouts considered, we could be looking at one of the Top 15 all-time highest UFC PPV buys for UFC 285.