— Jed I. Goodman (@jedigoodman) December 15, 2016
Max Holloway beat Anthony Pettis to win the UFC featherweight interim title at UFC 206. Early PPV buy estimates show that there were 150,000 purchases. The low PPV buys match the low viewership for the prelim fights on FS1. The 771,1000 prelim viewers were the second-lowest this year.
From MMA Fighting:
The lowest number of the year for pay-per-view prelims on FS 1 was 678,000 viewers before UFC 204, the Michael Bisping vs. Dan Henderson headlined show. UFC 198, which was headlined by Stipe Miocic’s heavyweight title win over Fabricio Werdum, saw the prelims do 786,000 viewers, similar to Saturday’s show. That show ended up doing 217,000 buys on pay-per-view.
The viewership on Saturday was 32 percent below the 2016 average of pay-per-view prelims on FS 1 of 1,136,000 viewers.
The Holloway-Pettis main event replaced Daniel Cormier against Anthony Johnson for the UFC light heavyweight championship.