The early estimates for UFC 142's pay-per-view sales are in, and they are actually better than expected. It is being reported that the event, which was headlined by featherweight champ Jose Aldo successfully defending his belt versus Chad Mendes, sold 225,000 PPVs. While this is a better number than predicted, it is still historically low - UFC 136 sold around the same amount last year - to find an event that sold lower than that you have to go back all the way back to 2008 when UFC 85 sold 215,000 pay-per-views.
On a positive note, UFC 142 was also broadcast on free TV in Brazil, and a whopping 23 million Brazilians happily cheered on Aldo, Vitor Belfort and the rest of their "hometown" heroes on to victory. This number is all the more impressive when you consider that the main card of the event didn't start until 1:00am in Rio.