Sports Report: UFC 254 earns 675K pay-per-view buys
College football coaches' COVID-19 pay cuts are not always what they seem
USA TODAY Sports found temporary pay cuts range from as little as the elimination of an $80 monthly cell phone allowance to as much as $1.25 million.At Texas, athletics director Chris Del Conte announced that his department was laying off 35 employees and furloughing nearly a dozen more, but coach Tom Herman would be among those taking a voluntarily temporary salary reduction of roughly 15% of their pay. As North Carolina projected an eight-figure deficit in athletics, coach Mack Brown agreed to have his salary cut by 20%. And at Central Michigan, coach Jim McElwain agreed to give up 6% of his pay, which the school said was in line with other campus leaders.
Saturday's UFC 254 generated 675,000 pay-per-view buys, sources told.
500,000 of those buys reportedly came in the United States on ESPN+.
In the main event, Khabib Nurmagomedov (29-0) retained the lightweight title with a second-round submission of interim champ Justin Gaethje. Nurmagomedov announced his retirement from mixed martial arts after the win.
The show took place at Flash Forum in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, capping off a five-week stretch on "Fight Island." The UFC 254 main card started at 2 p.m. ET, eight hours earlier than the regular start time for a pay-per-view event. Nurmagomedov has a large fan base in his native Russia and other countries in that region.
The last two pay-per-view events - UFC 253: Adesanya vs. Costa and UFC 252: Miocic vs. Cormier 3 - reportedly drew 700,000 and 500,000 buys, respectively. The highest-selling pay-per-view of 2020 was UFC 251, which saw Kamaru Usman beat Jorge Masvidal in the main event.
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Canadian heavyweight Tanner Boser takes on former UFC champion Andrei Arlovski .
Over the last five months, two trips to Abu Dhabi and one to Las Vegas have forced Alberta heavyweight Tanner (The Bulldozer) Boser to spend more than six weeks in quarantine. Boser's fighting skills and willingness to face anyone, anytime, anywhere, have earned him a high-profile fight Saturday against former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei (The Pit Bull) Arlovski in the co-main event of a televised Fight Night card at the UFC's Apex productionBoser's fighting skills and willingness to face anyone, anytime, anywhere, have earned him a high-profile fight Saturday against former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei (The Pit Bull) Arlovski in the co-main event of a televised Fight Night card at the UFC's Apex production facility.