UFC 159 attendance, gate and bonuses

April 28, 2013

MMA Junkie reports that the attendance announced for UFC 159 was 15,227 fans for a gate of $2.7 million. In addition, bonuses were $65,000 each up from the “standard” $50,000 which were announced earlier this year.

The attendance was second highest at The Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey with UFC 111: GSP v. Hardy ($4 million/$17,000).  UFC 159 placed right in front of UFC 128 where Jones won the title against Shogun Rua at UFC 128.

Bonuses were up to $65,000 each and as follows

Fight of the Night:  Pat “Bam Bam” Healy vs. Jim Miller

KO of the Night:  Roy Nelson

Submission of the Night:  Bam Bam Healy

A good debut for the Strikeforce alum Healy as he gets an extra $130K to take home.

Payout Perspective:

Darren Rovell sent out an interesting tweet Sunday about the event and whether the UFC has lost its “edge.”  Not surprisingly, it received a return tweet from Dana White.  I’ll let you wonder how that went.  We’ll discuss this a little later this week.  But, a part of the discussion had to do with attendance at events.  Based on the announced numbers, it does look like the card did well financially.  As for the bonuses, I did not read an explanation for the raise but good for the fighters.

2 Responses to “UFC 159 attendance, gate and bonuses”

  1. duck on April 29th, 2013 6:09 AM

    The raise was Brian Caraway at the pre fight fighter meeting haggling Dana, according to Dana in the post fight scrum.

  2. assassin on April 29th, 2013 7:49 AM

    Not sure of Rovelle’s point. Of course fewer than 32 events would increase the quality of each event, but they are committed under contract to Fox for 4 Fox, 6 FX, and 6 Fuel per year and PPV is still a big revenue driver.

    NJ will continue to get 2 PPV every 3 years until NY comes on line and maybe 1/yr if Brazil slows down (which I do not see happening yet). It will be interesting to see how far over Jones average of about 500k the PPV does. I bought it reluctantly as I am not that interested in the next card, but am recovering some surgery and could not make it out anywhere else. Does it do 525k or 700k, i have no idea.

    More interesting I think is what it does to a potential super-fight with Silva. Seeing how easily Jones took Sonnen down, I can’t imagine Silva having any chance at all. NOt that I thought Silva was ever really interested inf fighting Jones.

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