Fans want enough good bouts to warrant forking over $55 or more to purchase a pay-per-view card.
The UFC found that out firsthand this past year, as many events failed to live up to the standard they had previously set.
However, that doesn’t mean they all did.
Here’s a look at five of the best pay-per-view cards from the past 12 months – in order of when they aired:
Imagine what this card could have given us had Rashad Evans not been injured and forced out of a planned co-main event fight with Daniel Cormier? Instead, Cormier destroyed Patrick Cummins, but the two fighters gave us enough intrigue in the lead-up to help.
Ronda Rousey defended her UFC female bantamweight title with a first round stoppage win over Sara McMann, while Rory MacDonald began his march to the top of the welterweight division by besting Demian Maia.
Mike Pyle finished T.J. Waldburger and Stephen Thompson did the same vs. Robert Whittaker. The prelims boasts Alexis Davis earning a split decision over Jessica Eye, along with wins by Raphael Assuncao, Alajmain Sterling, Zach Makovsky, Erik Koch and Ernest Chavez.
Not a whole lot of star power, but enough to place it on the list.