UFC 129 ‘St. Pierre vs. Shields’ Did Really Big Business

UFC 129 didn’t just do big business at the box office. As usual, Georges St. Pierre sold a truckload of pay-per-view buys too. The Sports Business Journal is reporting that approximately 800,000 pay-per-views were purchased for UFC 129.

Headlined by Canadian fight star Georges St-Pierre and supported by Couture, UFC 129 drew the largest crowd ever for the company, reported as 55,724, more than double the record of 23,152 set in December. With a gate of $12.075 million, it also dwarfed the previous high of $5.4 million set in 2009. The economic engine that drives the sport, pay-per-view TV, generated at least $40 million from about 800,000 buys.

Those numbers leave little doubt as to why the UFC continues to book Georges St. Pierre in Canada. There’s still no official word from the UFC, but all signs are still pointing to GSP and Nick Diaz headlining UFC 140 on Dec. 10 in Montreal. Not only that, chatter is starting to pick up about GSP and Diaz coaching TUF 14 as well. We’ll find out soon enough.

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  • Matt Silliman

    You mean GSP vs. Cesar Gracie. I doubt nick will care about coaching. Although money can make people do things, and Dana has plenty of that.

  • unluckybread

    Diaz was complaining in interviews about not getting enough money. Coaching TUF will further add spotlight to him as a ‘character’ and he will get a shit load of money from it. I reckon it will happen. Gutted that its not Bisping & Sonnen though

  • The Jester

    Honestly… GSP does get ppv buys… But anyone could’ve filled that stadium… 55,000 seats were sold in what? 15 minutes? You give fans the option of 55,000 seats and they will definitely get sold. Not necessarily in 15 minutes but it would no doubt sell out. So even though it’s GSP in Canada I don’t think that was a huge deal.

  • The Jester

    Honestly… GSP does get ppv buys… But anyone could’ve filled that stadium… 55,000 seats were sold in what? 15 minutes? You give fans the option of 55,000 seats and they will definitely get sold. Not necessarily in 15 minutes but it would no doubt sell out. So even though it’s GSP in Canada I don’t think that was a huge deal.

  • i like sexy time

    GSP and Diaz for tuf 14 please yes sir!

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