UFC is back with its latest pay-per-view event on Saturday, August 7th as UFC 265 gets going at 6 p.m. ET with early preliminary fights. The main card gets started at 10 p.m. at the Toyota Center in Houston and wraps with Derrick Lewis and Ciryl Gane squaring off in the main event for the heavyweight interim title.
This is not a super high profile card, and Lewis and Gane are not exactly the highest of profile fighters. Heavyweights can do well on cards, but in this case, both fighters are reportedly capped on earnings. Per sportspayouts.com, Lewis is earning a guaranteed $500,000 and then could earn another $500,000 based on PPV sales. Gane is reportedly earning a guaranteed $400,000, has a $100,000 win bonus, and could earn another $300,000 based on PPV sales.
This year, the two biggest UFC PPVs were Poirier-McGregor 2 (UFC 257) and 3 (UFC 264) which had 1.6 million and 1.8 million buys, respectively. After that, the next biggest was UFC 259: Błachowicz vs. Adesanya, with 800,000 buys. The lowest reported PPV buys this year came at UFC 263: Adesanya vs. Vettori 2, with 600,000. However, UFC 258: Usman vs. Burns did not have a total reported and is rumored to have finished under 500,000 buys.