Pre-UFC 162 attendance, gate and salaries
July 6, 2013
MMA Junkie reports the preliminary numbers released on gate, attendance and salaries of the main eventers. Notably, attendance numbers are strong and so is Anderson Silva’s reported purse.
Dana White reported that UFC 162 at the MGM Grand Garden has sold 12,400 tickets for a gate of $4.26 million. These numbers already eclipsed UFC 160 held at the same venue in which it received 12,380 tickets for $2.94 million.
White also reported payouts for main eventers Anderson Silva, Chris Weidman, Charles Oliveira and Frankie Edgar. Silva will receive $600,000 to show and a $200,000 win bonus. Weidman will earn $24,000 to show and $24,000 to win. Frankie Edgar will be making $120,000 to show and $120,000 to win. Oliveira will be making $21,000 to win and $21,000 to show.
Although there were rumors that ticket sales were sluggish, it appears that this may not be the case. The ticket price points may be more for this event based on comparing gates. As for the payouts, the Silva-Weidman salaries underscores the fight pay disparity. Yet, Silva is at the top of the roster and Weidman is still working his way up so while on paper it looks bad, Silva’s pay is one of the highest in the UFC.