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Midnight Mania! Sean O’Malley dismisses Cejudo, claims UFC 292 sold over 570k PPV buys

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Sean O’Malley wants to clear the air about UFC 292.

O’Malley’s first position as headliner also saw him capture the UFC Bantamweight title via second-round knockout, dethroning Aljamain Sterling with a perfectly placed counter punch (watch here). “Suga” absolutely rose to the occasion, seemingly making himself a star in the process. When UFC President Dana White whispered in his ear a promise of riches following the knockout, it sure seemed like White was confident in the star power of his new champion.

Henry Cejudo and his sources were less impressed. According to the former double champion, O’Malley moved between 300-350k pay-per-view (PPV) buys. Those are decent numbers, but they aren’t exactly justifying the Conor McGregor comparisons. Unsurprisingly, O’Malley was quick to refute those claims and question the alleged sources of “The Messenger.” According to the new champion, “The Suga Show” sold north of 570k buys. He also snuck in an extra dig at Cejudo’s drawing power, claiming the Olympian managed just 135k buys in his own title bid versus “The Funkmaster.”

Currently, it’s almost impossible to know exactly how well a PPV does. Google Trends can be studied, and certain insiders are trustworthy enough, but there’s no real evidence unless UFC or Endeavor release a statement to brag about one that sells particularly well. For most of us on the outside, knowing whether Cejudo or O’Malley’s numbers are are more on track is guesswork!

Regardless, Cejudo of course had the last word, going full cringe in an attempt to talk himself into a second title shot.


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Derrick Lewis, champion of the hot mic.

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Slips, rips, and KO clips

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The Brian Ebersole UFC era was brief but entertaining.

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Midnight Music: Soul, 2006

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