UFC 170 was riddled and marred by injuries that hobbled what was originally set to be a stellar card. Fights with Khabib Nurmagomedov, Gilbert Melendez, Rafael Dos Anjos, Rustam Khabilov, Francisco Rivera, and Rashad Evans all fell through either due to injury or contract disputes.
When Rashad Evans pulled out of his co-main event bout against Daniel Cormier just nine days prior to the event, it seemed it was the final nail in the coffin for the cursed event. Incredibly, the UFC was able to do a solid job of promoting an unknown barista, Patrick Cummins, to take on Daniel Cormier in the co-main event based on a story that Cummins once made Cormier cry in wrestling practice.
Of course, UFC 170, still had one saving grace and that is UFC Women’s Bantamweight champion, Ronda Rousey. Rousey was taking on fellow Olympian and undefeated fighter, Sara McMann, in the main event of the evening. In the end, Rousey defeated McMann with a brutal knee to the body in the first round. With the departure of Anderson Silva and Georges St-Pierre, Rousey seems poised to become UFC’s next big breakout star.
Today, MMAFighting is reporting that UFC 170 is estimated at doing 340,000 buys. While this was not the highest pay per view buy for Rousey thus far, it was still a solid showing for the Women’s Bantamweight champion. Women’s fights are an actual commodity in the UFC in this day and age. Once thought of as just a novelty or a chance to see scantily clad women has turned into genuine interest from combat sports’ fans around the globe.