Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) had no choice but to go forward with its UFC 177: "Dillashaw vs. Soto" pay-per-view (PPV) event back on Aug. 30, 2014, inside Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California (results), despite the fact that it lost one half of its main event at the pre-fight weigh ins.
The show must go on, and all that jazz.
That assuredly softens the blow of getting just 125,000 PPV buys, according to MMA Fighting, especially when you consider the flimsy main card line up, co-headlined by a lightweight scrap pitting Anthony Ferguson against Danny Castillo.
And for what it's worth, 125k was "roughly the same" as UFC 174: "Johnson vs. Bagautinov."
The promotion was forced to promote undercard fighter Joe Soto into the main event when former bantamweight champion Renan Barao fell ill and withdrew from his TJ Dillashaw rematch. Elsewhere on the card, Henry Cejudo left Scott Jorgensen high and dry and was ultimately forced to abandon the flyweight division altogether.
All's well that ends well, I suppose.