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UFC 153 may have hit the airwaves covered in band-aids, but the pay-per-view buys were good enough to exceed the company's budgeted projections for the reworked "Silva vs. Bonnar" fight card earlier this month in Brazil.
Not bad, considering there were no titles at stake.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) can breathe a sigh of relief after giving its UFC 153 fight card a major face-lift in the few short weeks leading up to the show. That's because a report from MMA Fighting indicates the pay-per-view (PPV) buys for "Silva vs. Bonnar" are in the range of 340,000 to 410,000.
That's good enough to exceed the company's budgeted projections, according to the report.
In fact, it's worth noting the main event of Anderson Silva vs. Stephan Bonnar may have done better than the original headliner, a featherweight fracas pitting division champion Jose Aldo against
Erik Koch Frankie Edgar, which was also expected to be anchored by the addition of Quinton Jackson.
Injuries eliminates both "Junior" and Rampage."
What was left was a wildly entertaining fight card that gave viewers a lot of bang for their buck. In addition to "The Spider" doing his thing, Glover Teixeira had a breakout performance while Jon Fitch (of all people) turned in "Fight of the Night" following his three-round scrap against Erick Silva.
In case you missed any of this month's mixed martial arts (MMA) action, which went down back on Oct. 13, 2012 from the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, check out our comprehensive results archive by clicking here.