UFC 95 Gate, Bonus, Attendance Numbers
February 22, 2009
MMAWeekly does their usual great job on promptly reporting the bonuses given out after UFC events:
UFC 95 AWARDS AND BONUSES
(All awards include a $40,000 bonus for each fighter.)
UFC 95 Fight of the Night
– Diego Sanchez and Joe Stevenson
UFC 95 Knockout of the Night
– Paulo Thiago
UFC 95 Submission of the Night
– Demian Maia
The MMA Insider Blog also details the attendance and gate for the show:
The fans that did make it to the O2 Arena treated the UFC to a strong attendance of 13,268, totaling ticket revenue of slightly more than $1 million U.S. Both are considered strong numbers during tough economic times, especially with a fight card sans a championship bout.
Just for comparison, the UFC 85 card from the same O2 Arena drew a sell-out 15,327 fans and a gate of $2.93 million. That represents a near two thirds decline at the gate, on comparable attendance. This would indicate a high level of comps for the show, or deeply discounted tickets. With talk from UK fans before the card about ticket price increases, it would lead one to believe the crowd being heavily papered.