Jorge Masvidal Kamaru Usman (© Handout Photo & © Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)

Report: UFC 251 gets best pay-per-view numbers since Khabib vs McGregor

Jorge Masvidal addresses his haters in a perfect message on social media

UFC 251 was a hit, all things considered. While the event had much going against, aside from the general difficulties of holding an event during Covid-19, everything seems to have worked out for the best. According to a report from The Athletic‘s Mike Coppinger, UFC 251 generated circa 1,300,000 pay-per-view buys, a record setting number – And the most since 2018’s UFC 229 where Conor McGregor faced Khabib Nurmagomedov.

While the card was strong, the by far biggest draw on the card was Jorge Masvidal, who stepped in on six days notice to face Kamaru Usman for the welterweight title. Masvidal then addressed the report in a post on social media.

“The overwhelming amount of support I have received before, during, and after this journey has been humbling,” Masvidal Wrote. “Still got a lot of goals to meet. All of you that tuned in to see me win, thank you. Those that tuned in to see me lose, thank you.”


UFC 251 generated circa as many PPV buys as UFC 100 and UFC 205, even nearing the numbers for the classic first meeting between McGregor and Nate Diaz at UFC 196. As it stands at the moment UFC 251 is the third biggest MMA pay-per-view since UFC 229.

  • UFC 229: Khabib vs. McGregor (2018.10.06) – 2,400,000 PPV
  • UFC 202: Diaz vs. McGregor 2 (2016.08.20) – 1,600,000 PPV
  • UFC 196: McGregor vs. Diaz (2016.03.05) – 1,317,000 PPV
  • UFC 251: Usman vs. Masvidal (2020.07.11) – 1,300,000 PPV
  • UFC 205: Alvarez vs. McGregor (2016.11.12) – 1,300,000 PPV
  • UFC 100 (2009.07.11) – 1,300,000 PPV

What current fight could break the numbers that UFC 251 generated?

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With roots in muay thai and as an avid combat sports fan, Sebastian Vendel-Martinez grew up while the MMA scene was blossoming in Sweden. He became part of the MMAnytt team in 2012 and has gone on to become one of the most prominent MMA reporters in Scandinavia. Currently he continues to work as a writer, reporter, video producer/editor and head editor for