Dana White, UFC

UFC President Dana White has reacted to the large success of the UFC 251 card, which is reported to have completed 1.3M pay-per-view buys.

The cardboard, which was headlined by a welterweight title struggle between champion Kamaru Usman and short-notice challenger Jorge Masvidal, went down final Saturday on the UFC’s much-discussed Struggle Island in Abu Dhabi.

“It was a really profitable occasion,” White mentioned when requested concerning the UFC PPV purchase fee for UFC 251 (by way of MMA Combating). “We’re comfortable. This factor killed it throughout the board in each method you may presumably kill it. It was superior. The factor did very well.”

The UFC boss additionally mentioned the explosion in reputation of Masvidal, who’s broadly credited as the driving force for UFC 251’s success.

Masvidal was not too long ago concerned in a heated contract dispute with the UFC, however was in a position to negotiate a brand new contract earlier than stepping in on short-notice to struggle Usman. White concedes that the outspoken welterweight has develop into “a giant star.”

That mentioned, White isn’t keen to attribute UFC 251’s success completely to Masvidal. He believes that Usman and the entire environment of Struggle Island additionally helped drum up curiosity.

“I mentioned it to you guys the opposite evening, whenever you placed on a struggle, a profitable promotion of an occasion, it’s a giant melting pot of various issues,” White defined. “’Struggle Island’ was a large star on this factor. Masvidal is a large star. Clearly, Usman, the champion and a man that we’re all begin to notice is hard to beat and an important card beneath.

“All of it got here collectively completely. It was a significant success. Everyone’s wholesome. It’s all good. Actually not one detrimental factor that I might level out.”

What do you consider these feedback from Dana White? How a lot of a job do you assume Jorge Masvidal had within the monetary success of UFC 251?