UFC 285 was a stellar success as a PPV event. Four of the five main card fights produced finishes. The fascinating thing is that all of the finishes came by submission. Following this, the stars of UFC 285 have gained a lot of social media attention with a significant increase in Instagram followers for the new Champions, Jon Jones and Alexa Grasso.
The exact increase in the number of followers for Jones and Grasso remains unconfirmed. Jones has gained 161k or more followers in one night. Conversely, Grasso is near the 136k mark. A Twitter thread discussed the matter, but Grasso’s exact rise in followers remains unknown.
Jon Jones became the UFC Heavyweight Champion at UFC 285 after demolishing Ciryl Gane in the first round. He was very focused, secured the takedown, and chased the submission for a quick finish. Jones has now set his sights on Stipe Miocic to add to his legacy in the Heavyweight division.
On IG: Jon Jones has gained 161.5K+ in the last day. Alexa Grasso has gained 71K+ in the last day.
On the other hand, Alexa Grasso became the third fighter in the UFC to hold the Female Flyweight Championship. She dethroned the long-time Champion Valentina Shevchenko by submission in the fourth round. She will likely fight Shevchenko in a rematch for her next fight, considering Shevchenko defended the Flyweight Championship multiple times.
UFC 285 gave the fourth-highest PPV gate of all time
The highest-selling Live Gate of UFC PPV has one common element. It is none other than Conor McGregor. The top three highest Live gates are UFC 205, UFC 229, and UFC 264. However, UFC 285 has secured a top 5 spot earning a reported 12.15 million dollars.
#UFC285 Vegas Announced Attendance: 19,471 (sold out) Announced Gate: $12.15M
2023 UFC PPVs:
UFC 284 Perth Announced Attendance: 14,124 Announced Gate: $5,911,598 (AUD)
UFC 283 Rio de Janeiro Announced Attendance: 13,604 Gate: N/A
The return of Jon Jones in the new weight class excited the fans. Pairing him up with the most skilled Heavyweight striker ignited fan interest and buzz worldwide. It is to be noted that the event was also attended by many celebrities, such as Conor McGregor, Jake Gyllenhaal, Tom Brady, Nick and Nate Diaz, Islam Makachev, and Mike Evans, among others.
UFC 285 also featured the return of Valentina Shevchenko to defend her Flyweight Championship against Alexa Grasso. Grasso shocked the world by submitting Shevchenko in the fourth round. It was a memorable PPV in every sense however, it will be interesting to see if McGregor vs Chandler later this year would break UFC 285’s record for the biggest UFC PPV of the year 2023.
Soumya is an economics graduate extremely passionate about boxing and MMA. Conor and Khabib's rivalry made him follow the beautiful sport of MMA. He has previously worked as a content creator for Sportsmanor and has written over 1500 articles.
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