UFC Fight Night 79 attendance and gate

November 28, 2015

MMA Junkie reports the attendance and bonuses for UFC Fight Night 79 from Seoul, South Korea.

UFC’s first event in South Korea drew 12,156 as announced at the post-event press conference.  No live gate total was announced for the event. The event took place at the Olympic Gymnastics Arena in Seoul, South Korea.

According to this, the capacity at the arena is 14,730.  It was host to the gymnastic competitions at the 1988 Summer Olympics.

Benson Henderson, who is part Korean, defeated Jorge Masvidal in the main event of the event.

The bonuses, which were reported at the post-fight presser went to Dominique Steel, Doo Ho Choi, Seo Hee Ham and Cortney Casey.  All earned $50,000 bonuses.

(h/t:  MMA Junkie)

Payout Perspective:

The attendance figure is pretty impressive for the company debut in Korea.  One of the more intriguing stories coming from this event was Bendo laying down his UFC gloves in the octagon during the post-fight interview.  You may recall Mark Munoz laid down his gloves in the octagon this past May at the UFC Fight Night event in the Philippines as a sign that he was retiring.  This was the last fight on Henderson’s contract and with the event being in Korea, the symbolism was clear that this event signified an ending of sorts.  While it’s unlikely Bendo will retire from MMA, he could be the intriguing free agent to watch for 2016.

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