Affliction, UFC Post Strong Head-to-Head Numbers

Affliction VP Tom Atencio told Yahoo! Sports that Saturday’s Affliction: Banned PPV event when all is said and done will have hit numbers “definitely” over 100,000. That would be well over the 60,000 range that PRIDE’s best PPV did in the U.S., according to a great analysis over at

Also from MMAPayout, gross receipts at the gate for Banned were $2,085,510 with a total payout of $3,321,000. has all the fighter breakdowns, with (in order) Tim Sylvia, Andre Arlovski and Fedor Emelianenko making the most money on the night (although Fedor’s reportedly making upwards of $1.5 million, with speculating M-1 Global (Russia) to be footing much of that bill).

UFC: Silva vs. Irvin, while taking place in front of a smaller crowd, was seen by a good number of viewers, scoring a 2.1 cable rating (3.1 million viewers), according to Nielsen Media Research by way of MMAPayout. The show peaked at 4.46 million viewers during the main event, making it the sixth most viewed MMA match in history, just behind EliteXC’s Gina Carano fight in May (4.68 million), and it won the night on all of TV in several key demographics. The total fighter payouts on the night were $723,000.

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