UFC 168 PPV buys projected to hit 1.1 million viewers for 'Weidman vs. Silva 2'

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UFC once again gets into seven figures on the strength of a championship double header.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White predicted the UFC 168: "Weidman vs. Silva 2" pay-per-view (PPV) fight card would be the biggest of all time, according to remarks he made prior to the Dec. 28, 2013 event in Las Vegas, Nevada (read 'em).

It wasn't, but it came pretty damn close.

Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer notes that UFC 168 could top out at 1.1 million buys, which definitely puts it into the top five of all time, but far below the 1.6 million Brock Lesnar managed to draw with his Frank Mir massacre at UFC 100 way back in 2009.

Damn that Lesnar!

"Weidman vs. Silva 2," which featured a middleweight championship main event between Chris Weidman vs. Anderson Silva as well as a co-main pitting Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate, was a success no matter how you slice it, thanks to a live gate of $6,238,792.50 million -- the second best of all time -- courtesy of 15,650 butts in seats.

Crunch the numbers here.

Of course, the 1.1 million figure could fluctuate in either direction as the final buys are tallied, taking into consideration how many replays were purchased, among other things. But any time the promotion can break the one million mark -- and get an extra five bucks in the process -- is good for the bottom line.

Assuming they don't lie.

For all the news, notes and post-fight fallout from UFC 168 click here.

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