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UFC 217: GSP vs Bisping estimated at 875,000 PPV buys in North America

UFC 217: Bisping v St-Pierre Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images

The early pay-per-view (PPV) numbers are in and it looks like UFC 217, which took place on Nov. 4, did fairly well for itself, as MMA Fighting reports that the massive New York City card pulled in 875,000 PPV buys in North America alone.

While these are early estimates and exclude PPV buys in Australia and from online purchasing, it’s safe to say Georges St-Pierre still has some selling ability. Remember, some were worried that GSP’s four-year absence from mixed martial arts (MMA) was going to negatively effect the numbers he could bring in for his comeback fight.

Despite his lengthy layoff, St-Pierre’s main event clash with Michael Bisping, in which GSP defeated “The Count” via submission to claim the UFC middleweight championship, produced the best PPV numbers of the year thus far, beating out Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier 2 at UFC 214 (860,000). Having two other title fights on the card surely helped St-Pierre’s efforts, but he was easily the biggest selling point.

UFC president Dana White proclaimed that UFC 217 was trending to smash the one million PPV buy benchmark, so these North American totals are a friendly sight. Once the numbers from international markets and Internet viewing are tallied, UFC 217 may in fact meet White’s early projections.

Stick with Mania as more official UFC 217 PPV numbers roll in.