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UFC 153 Pay-Per-View Buys Confirm That Squash Matches Are Totally Hot Right Now

(We’re sorry, Stephan, but unless those things are actual guns, you’re getting your ass kicked tonight.)  In the days leading up to UFC 153, many of you (and by you, we mean the entire MMA Interwebz) had some less than favorable things to say about the pairing of Stephan Bonnar and Anderson Silva. As if the bookies hadn’t told us all we needed to know, the general consensus among fans seemed to be the evening’s main event was a travesty, a sham, and a mockery that blasphemed the great sport of MMA and was a completely meaningless squash match whose insulting pairing would be reflected in the abysmal pay-per-view numbers it receives. And those were the favorable comments. But for every fifteen of you complaining, there were apparently five or more of you who were forced to stifle your true excitement over this matchup like a pedo at a tee-ball game, because if the early numbers are any indication, squash matches featuring unstoppable killing machines are the new superfights. According to several reports, the pay-per-view numbers for UFC 153 are in the range of 340,00 to 410,000 buys. These numbers not only exceeded expectation, but are not that far below September’s squash match of the month featuring Jon Jones and Vitor Belfort, which managed to clear over 450,000 buys despite having those little guys that no one cares about fighting in the night’s co-main event.

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