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
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.