August 11, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Frankie Edgar fights Benson Henderson (not pictured) during UFC 150 at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE
Here's to hoping Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White is wearing a cup.
The Las Vegas fight boss, who was "kicked in the balls" during the UFC 150: "Henderson vs. Edgar 2" pay-per-view (PPV) event back on Aug. 11, 2012 from the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado, is likely taking another whack in the sack thanks to DirecTV's epic fail on fight night.
To the tune of 190,000 PPV buys.
That's the very early number from longtime mixed martial arts (MMA) reporter Dave Meltzer, who released the preliminary estimates on his f4wonline website earlier today.
A breakdown of those figures, and its significance, after the jump.
Very early numbers indicate about 190,000 North American buys (this is not a direct buy number or even a strong estimate but just a very preliminary figure). While nobody going in expected big numbers, that would still be below most expectations. As we always say, there is significant potential margin of error this early, but suffice to say this show probably did not do well. We'll have a better read on this in two weeks. It looks to be the lowest number for a PPV that came from North America since 2005.
UFC 150 produced "the worst gate since 2007" and never even made it in front of the DirecTV audience, after the global satellite giant "went down" and effectively eliminated a "huge number" of potential viewers.
See why by clicking here.
"Henderson vs. Edgar 2" also lacked a marquee name, despite being stacked with bona fide talent, and had the unenviable task, much like UFC 149 did, of being sandwiched between UFC 148 starring Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen and UFC 151 headlined by Jon Jones vs. Dan Henderson.
Fans have to pick and choose which events they're going to order when they come with such frequency.
For all the news, notes, highlights and other post-fight fallout from UFC 150, head on over to our comprehensive results wrap by clicking here.