UFC 205 Breaks Most, But Not All Records
After the UFC’s debut in New York City on Nov. 12, the promotion’s president Dana White said that the show broke all of the previous records in terms of revenue and viewership. The UFC has released a statement on the event, which broke many, but not every, company record.
It is not clear based on the promotion’s statement whether or not UFC 205 set the pay-per-view record as White claimed it did, but it may have fallen just short: they refer to it as being "one of" the highest watched PPV events.
Here’s the full list of UFC 205’s records, per MMAJunkie:
- Pay-per-view: One of the most viewed PPV events in UFC history
- Gate: $17.7 million – UFC and Madison Square Garden record
- Attendance: 20,427 – Domestic UFC record
- Weigh-in attendance: 15,480 – Global UFC record
- Social media: 14 billion impressions – Most in UFC history
- Closed-circuit (commercial PPV): Highest performing in UFC history (locations and gross revenue)
- Consumer products: Highest U.S. event retail performance in UFC history
- FS1 prelims: Most viewed PPV prelims in FS1 history for M18-49 and P18-49
- FOX: 2.4 million viewers – “UFC 205: Alvarez vs. McGregor – Fighting for History” was the most viewed preview show in UFC history.
The UFC 205 prelims on FS1, headlined by Frankie Edgar vs. Jeremy Stephens, did roughly 1.8 million viewers. That makes it the third most-watched prelims show of all time, the top two spots also being undercards to McGregor pay-per-views: UFC 194 and UFC 196.