UFC 170 Post Fight Scrum – Gate and attendance in question

February 23, 2014

After UFC 170 concluded, UFC President Dana White held a post fight scrum where he briefly fielded questions from the MMA media, which included the gate discrepancy, performance bonuses, Cyborg, Cormier, Will Smith, and Rousey’s stardom.

Link: MMA Fight Corner


Payout Perspective:

One odd observation from the post fight scrum is the media asking Dana White about the UFC 170 gate and attendance.  Earlier in the week, Dana White stated that the gate for UFC 170 would be around $2M dollars.  During the post fight press conference, the attendance and gate was announced as 10,217 for a live gate of $1,558,870. White stated “Are you f*cking sh*tting me? It’s $1.5M?”  He did not know why there was a discrepancy but stated that it was a good question. Later in the video, he stated that this was still a good gate and said it was “a quarter of a million” more than her debut.  As a note, UFC 157: Rousey vs Carmouche at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California officially drew 13,257 in attendance for a $1,350,191 live gate.

As for comparison, UFC 157: Aldo vs Edgar in the same Mandalay Bay venue in Las Vegas drew 10,275 for a gate of $2.34 million, though it is notable that the ticket prices for this event were scaled back, which may explain the lower gate.  There is also an expectation of a high number of complimentary tickets, as MMAPayout expected yesterday.

7 Responses to “UFC 170 Post Fight Scrum – Gate and attendance in question”

  1. Tops of on February 23rd, 2014 2:17 AM

    It’s good that MMA media is starting to question dw false marketing

  2. wqewqeqw on February 23rd, 2014 7:26 AM

    Heidi is terrible… she looks nervous and it looks like she knows nothing about MMA and is being fed questions to ask in the interviews..

  3. Sampson Simpson on February 23rd, 2014 9:16 AM

    UFC is based on lies and gimmicks

  4. Jason Cruz on February 23rd, 2014 5:25 PM

    Alphabet guy – Fang is not that bad. It would be nice to have someone that has a mix of knowledge of MMA and a journalism background that can ask a follow up rather than folks that want to be friends and hang with MMA stars. Of course, those qualified likely aren’t getting a media credential.

  5. wqewqeqw on February 23rd, 2014 7:20 PM

    I think it was Megan Olivi not Heidi…whoever was doing the interviews for 170 last night..

  6. saldathief on February 24th, 2014 12:19 PM

    Dana should be a polatician , yes a full of shit lying hustling pimp. How dare anyone ask him a tough question.

  7. Jeff Dodson on March 14th, 2014 3:21 PM

    The truth ? I went and it was free for myself and my wife . Comp tickets due to where she works and I’m a huge ufc fan . I wouldn’t have ever paid to see a rousey fight or to be honest but the ppv of her. Rouseys fame is manufactured by the ufc. They need a hero. Heros sell ppvs. The best fighter in the world took a hiatus after fighting Hendricks and Silva is done so he’s looking for new blood. He will come up with many excuses not to let Cyborg into the ufc because he KNOWS rousey would lose and he doesn’t want her to look bad. Fact.

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