The UFC light heavyweight championship fight between Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones at UFC 214 appears to have raked in a large number of PPV buys; approximately 860,000 buys, according to Dave Meltzer of MMAFighting.com.
Heading into the evening, estimates had it anywhere from 550-700,000, which was where the first encounter between the two men sat back in January 2015 at UFC 182. Jones defeated Cormier that night by unanimous decision, defending his belt.
Jones was making his return to the UFC on July 29 when he knocked out Cormier for his first KO victory in over four years. Following the victory, he has now won 11 consecutive championship matches, dating back to March 2011 when he first defeated Mauricio Rua to win the title for the first time.
Whether the increased numbers of buys came from the strong overall card, or the increased attention to the sport surrounding Conor McGregor’s upcoming boxing match against Floyd Mayweather Jr., the Cormier-Jones rivalry was the main attraction.
With Jones owning two consecutive victories over Cormier, he set his sights on heavyweight Brock Lesnar after the fight, calling out the current WWE wrestler. Much in the same ilk of Mayweather-McGregor, the fight would likely be heavily promoted, as Jones and Lesnar would be stepping across weight classes while McGregor and Mayweather are stepping across sports to create a superfight.
Lesnar is currently suspended following a positive test for clomiphene after his most recent fight against Mark Hunt in July 2016. A fight between the two would likely not take place until 2018 at the earliest, leaving the possibility of eclipsing even more PPV buys a ways off in the distance.