UFC 141 pay-per-view (PPV) buys for 'Lesnar vs Overeem' could top 750,000

Earth-shattering numbers?

Not exactly, but considering that UFC 141: "Lesnar vs. Overeem" was held on a Friday night and not Saturday, coupled with the fact that Brock Lesnar was facing Alistair Overeem, an international fighter who was making his Octagon debut, and suddenly 750k seems like a home run.

Dave Meltzer breaks it down in his Wrestling Observer newsletter:

Because of the holiday, our early PPV numbers are somewhat sketchy but early industry estimates have ranged between 750,000 and 810,000 North American buys, which would be slightly higher than most expectations. The show probably would have hit the 1 million mark if it was on New Year’s Eve. The original plan was to do a New Year’s Eve show from Abu Dhabi, but when that fell through, they booked the MGM Grand. Because the strip in Las Vegas is shut down from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. on New Year’s Eve, it really would be impossible to run a show like they do in Las Vegas on that night.

More analysis on the UFC 141 PPV event, which took place on Dec. 30, 2011, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, after the jump.

It would be either the second or third biggest number in UFC history drawn by a non-title match. Rashad Evans vs. Quinton Jackson holds the record at around 1 million, Ken Shamrock vs. Tito Ortiz II was second at 775,000, and please don’t insult anyone’s intelligence by claiming the Tim Sylvia vs. Andrei Arlovski heavyweight title match on that show was really the main event. The show appears to have done the most buys in the U.S. for any PPV show since Lesnar’s prior fight with Cain Velasquez, and it may have done the biggest number overall since that time, although the Georges St. Pierre fights with Josh Koscheck and Jake Shields may slip ahead overall because of the strong Canadian numbers. Sketchy trending information indicates it appears to have set the company record for any show in Australia.

The bottom line? Win or lose, Brock Lesnar was a draw.

The former UFC heavyweight champion was finished by way of technical knockout (TKO) in the very first round against "Demolition Man," promptly retiring from the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA) following the "Sin City" stoppage.

The promotion's other "go-to guy" when it comes to selling PPV's, Georges St. Pierre, is currently on the shelf rehabbing a bum knee. Who will be the UFC's next big star?

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