No wonder Jorge Masvidal thanked the fans on Twitter for their UFC 251 support.
According to a report from The Athletic, UFC 251 generated close to 1.3. million pay-per-view buys, the most since 2018’s UFC 229 featuring Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov, which generated approximately 2.4 million.
The overwhelming amount of support I have received before, during, and after this journey has been humbling. 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. https://t.co/4SCJzwHV10
— Jorge Masvidal UFC (@GamebredFighter) July 13, 2020
The number is even more impressive considering Masvidal was added to the card with less than a week to go during the COVID-19 pandemic. Excluding UFC 229, UFC 251 is the best draw since UFC 202 in 2016, which featured McGregor vs. Nate Diaz.
UFC 251 also featured two other title fights which saw Petr Yan defeat Jose Aldo for the bantamweight belt and Alexander Volkanovski narrowly defeat Max Holloway to retain the featherweight crown.