UFC gave some of the biggest PPV events in the year 2020. Even when the world stopped due to the COVID-19 pandemic, UFC went on to deliver some amazing fights this year. There are also two PPV fights scheduled for the remainder of the year for which the fans can use the bet365 bonus code and bet on the upcoming fight cards.
Apart from the covid-19 pandemic, the world was also gripped by the financial crisis. Still, UFC managed to bring in record PPV revenue during these times.
Here’s a list of the top 5 biggest PPV of this year.
1. UFC 251: Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal – 1.3 Million Buys
UFC 251 in July was the promotion’s biggest success of the year so far, selling 1.3m PPV as Jorge Masvidal lost to Kamaru Usman. A UFC Welterweight Championship bout between current champion Kamaru Usman and Gilbert Burns were expected to headline the event. However, it was announced on July 3 that Burns was pulled from the contest after he and his coach, Greg Jones, tested positive for COVID-19. Pending pre-fight testing and a 24-hour quarantine, Jorge Masvidal was expected to serve as his replacement. After he passed his initial test, the new main event was confirmed.
Also, the UFC Featherweight Championship rematch between Volkanovski and Holloway co-headlined the event. A UFC Bantamweight Championship bout for the vacant title between Petr Yan and former WEC and two-time UFC Featherweight Champion José Aldo also took place at the event.
2. UFC 246: Conor McGregor vs. Donald Cerrone – 1 Million Buys
Conor McGregor’s only fight of 2020 in which he knockout Donald Cerrone in 40 secs had an estimated 1 Million PPV buys. A welterweight bout between former UFC Featherweight and Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor and former lightweight title challenger Donald Cerrone served as the event headliner.
A women’s bantamweight rematch between former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Holly Holm and former title challenger Raquel Pennington was initially scheduled to take place at UFC 243. The pairing previously met in February 2015 at UFC 184, with Holm winning the encounter via split decision. However, it was revealed on September 27, 2019, that Holm withdrew from the bout due to a hamstring injury and the bout was cancelled. The bout was rescheduled and took place at this event.
3. UFC 253: Israel Adesnaya vs. Paulo Costa – 700K Buys
Israel Adesanya vs Paulo Costa at 253 provided 700,000 PPV sales. A UFC Middleweight Championship bout between current champion Israel Adesanya and Paulo Costa served as the event headliner. The bout was originally targeted for UFC 248, but Costa was unable to compete on that card due to an injury. Israel Adesanya destroyed Costa and got the TKO victory in the 2nd round.
A UFC Light Heavyweight Championship bout for the vacant title between former title challenger Dominick Reyes and former KSW Light Heavyweight Champion Jan Błachowicz served as the event’s co-headliner. Former two-time champion Jon Jones vacated the belt on August 17, citing issues with the UFC over salary negotiation and the desire to compete at heavyweight.
4. UFC 249: Tony Ferguson vs. Justin Gaethje – 700K Buys
An amazing fight of the year candidate battle took place between Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje for the interim UFC lightweight championship which sold around 700,000 PPV. Gaethje put on a show and went all guns blazing against Ferguson getting the TKO victory in the late fifth round.
A UFC Lightweight Championship bout between the current champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and former interim champion Tony Ferguson. The pairing had previously been scheduled and canceled for various reasons on four occasions over the last four years. The bout was canceled for a fifth time due to issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The UFC announced on April 6 that Nurmagomedov would be replaced by former WSOF Lightweight Champion Justin Gaethje, with an interim title to be disputed between him and Tony Ferguson.
A UFC Bantamweight Championship bout between the current champion Henry Cejudo and former WEC and two-time UFC Featherweight Champion José Aldo was expected to serve as that event’s headliner. However, Aldo withdrew on April 8 due to visa issues as the event was expected to be moved to the United States. Then former two-time bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz replaced him on short notice and then went on to lose the fight in the second round in a controversial stoppage.
5. UFC 254: Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Justin Gaethje – 675K Buys
The lightweight unification between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje headlined on Fight Island at UFC 254 generated a reported 675,000 PPV. Nurmagomedov’s second-round’ submission victory over Gaethje was followed by his announcement of retirement.
A UFC Lightweight Championship unification bout between current champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and interim champion Justin Gaethje served as the event headliner. The bout was briefly linked to UFC 253, but the date did not materialize and instead took place five weeks later. On September 17, the UFC announced the signing of former three-time Bellator Lightweight World Champion Michael Chandler, who served as backup and a potential replacement for this fight.
A middleweight bout between former UFC Middleweight Champion Robert Whittaker and Jared Cannonier was initially scheduled to take place in March at UFC 248, but Whittaker pulled out due to personal reasons. The pairing was rescheduled for this event. Whittaker defeated Jared by unanimous decision.