UFC President Dana White is fully convinced that 2017 was the best year the promotion has ever seen.
This year provided fight fans with bouts such as Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier II, Max Holloway vs. Jose Aldo, Robert Whittaker vs. Yoel Romero, Amanda Nunes vs. Valentina Shevchenko II, Tony Ferguson vs. Kevin Lee, Michael Bisping vs. Georges St-Pierre, and so many more.
Following the UFC 217 pay-per-view (PPV) this past weekend (Sat. November 4, 2017) Dana White spoke to the media about the success the promotion has seen this year. White claimed that this year was one of the most - if not the most successful year the UFC has ever seen (quotes via MMA Junkie):
“It would obviously make sense to go back to Montreal with (St-Pierre),” White said. “I told some of you guys this yesterday, but (Floyd Mayweather and UFC champ Conor McGregor) had the record there in Canada.
"We were No. 2 and 3 or something like that. We’re pretty sure that this beat Mayweather and McGregor in Canada tonight.
“I told some of you yesterday that this would do a million (pay-per-view buys). I was way wrong. It did over a million. I’ll have a definite answer tomorrow, but it’s looking like we destroyed it.
“But it was one of the best ever – if not the best ever,” White said.
“Whose indications (that PPV are down) are that? People who don’t know what the (expletive) they’re talking about,” White said.
“If you don’t know what’s going on in our business, how can you speculate that we’re having a bad year? This is the best year, by a long shot, in the company’s history. Boom.
“Ronda (Rousey) didn’t fight. Conor didn’t fight in MMA. Jon Jones fought once. And Anderson Silva, Chuck Liddell – the list goes on and on and on. The business is kicking ass. Best year ever, by a long shot.”
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