The UFC’s first legitimately stacked pay-per-view event of 2017 finally arrives on Saturday evening, as UFC 211: Miocic vs. dos Santos 2 kicks off from the American Airlines Center in Dallas.
The night features two championship fights, as Stipe Miocic makes his second title defense against former heavyweight king Junior dos Santos, who edged him out on the scorecards when they met at UFC on Fox 13 in 2014. As you will see on Page 2, Miocic not only has a shot a redemption, but UFC history if he can emerge victorious on May 13.
In the co-main, UFC women’s strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk will be trying to make a little history of her own against former bantamweight Jessica Andrade, who is undefeated since coming down to 155 pounds. Also on the card are three potential title eliminators, with two of them almost sure to produce the next No. 1 contender in their respective divisions.
But while the show will no doubt appeals to the hardcore MMA fan base, will it be a big success in terms of PPV buys and live gate (ticket sales)? What are the latest odds for the big fights?
Read on for the answers to these questions and more as they relate to Miocic vs. JDS, JJ vs. Andrade and the rest of the card.
2: Potential No. 1 contender fights on the card. The Demian Maia (#3) vs. Jorge Masvidal (#5) winner should be guaranteed a shot at welterweight champ Tyron Woodley. Same goes for the winner of Frankie Edgar (#2) vs. Yair Rodriguez (#7), at featherweight, though Edgar and Jose Aldo both winning could throw a wrench in those plans. Henry Cejudo (#2) or Sergio Pettis (#6) could have made a case for the next crack at flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson with an emphatic victory, but their fight was cancelled on Wednesday evening due to a Cejudo injury.
7: Fighters on the card that have fought for a UFC championship — current champs Miocic and Jedrzejczyk, former champs dos Santos, Edgar and Eddie Alvarez (both at lightweight), and title challengers Maia (middleweight) and Henry Cejudo (flyweight). World Series of Fighting title-holders David Branch (light heavyweight, middleweight) and Jessica Aguilar (women’s strawweight) are also on the card.
12: Total fights on the card — three Fight Pass prelims (6 p.m. EST start), four FX prelims (8 p.m. EST start) and five main card bouts (10 p.m. start).
123: Dollars for the lowest-priced second-market tickets, according to Seat Geek (via The Dallas Morning News). Tickets were as cheap as $50 when they first went on sale.
886: Dollars for the highest-priced second-market tickets, according to Seat Geek (via The Dallas Morning News). Tickets were as expensive as $400 when they first went on sale.
19,324: Fans, the attendance record for UFC events at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, belonging to UFC 171: Hendricks vs Lawler. With tickets close to sold out, 211should finish with a similar number. (Update: 211 fell short of setting a new attendance record, drawing 17,834 fans).
350,000: Estimated pay-per-view buys, considering past buy rates of cards Miocic and dos Santos headlined, the overall strength of the card and the amount of time that has elapsed since the last major UFC event. For what it’s worth, UFC PPV guru Dave Meltzer set his over/under at 325,000.
2.6: Million dollars, the live gate record for UFC events at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, belonging to UFC 171: Hendricks vs Lawler. UFC 211 should top this number. (Update: 211 appears to have set a new record at $2.66 million.)