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Tattered UFC 213 fight card, unsurprisingly, bombs at the PPV box office

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UFC 213: Nunes vs Shevchenko Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images

You can’t blame this one on Demetrious Johnson.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) limped across the finish line with its UFC 213: "Romero vs. Whittaker" pay-per-view (PPV) event, which took place inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, back on July 8, 2017.

The estimated PPV buys are expected to range between 125,000 to 150,000, according to MMA Fighting, one of the lowest numbers in nearly a decade.

As much fun as it is to beat up on UFC, it’s hard to hold them accountable for this month’s flop, as UFC 213 lost a couple of big fights along the way. That includes the women’s championship main event between Amanda Nunes and Valentina Shevchenko, as well as the bantamweight title bout pitting Cody Garbrandt against TJ Dillashaw.

More on those drop outs here and here.

Fortunately for the world’s largest mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion, it has a chance to rebound with a big showing for UFC 214, which hosts no less than three title fights, followed by whatever cut it gets of the Mayweather vs. McGregor PPV in August.

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