UFC 194 attendance, gate and bonuses

December 13, 2015

UFC 194 drew the second-highest gate in the company’s history with $10.1 million.  In addition bonuses included new middleweight champion Luke Rockhold and of course, Connor McGregor.

The official attendance per UFC post-fight was 16,516 for a gate of $10.1 million at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.  The gate was the largest UFC event ever in Las Vegas and was second to only UFC 129 which drew $12 million for over 55,000 in attendance.

Bonuses for the night included Connor McGregor, Leonardo Santos, Chris Weidman and Luke Rockhold.  Weidman and Rockhold earned FOTN while McGregor and Santos earned performance bonuses.  Each received $50,000.

(h/t MMA Junkie)

Payout Perspective:

The gate for the event set the Las Vegas record by far as the previous record at UFC 189 drew a gate of $7.2 million.  Look for UFC 200 to rival this gate especially of McGregor and Rousey are on the same card.  The bonuses all made sense.  Santos was a huge underdog and when he won by TKO over Kevin Lee he leapt out of the octagon and ran off.  We will have more on this event in MMA Payout’s Payout Perspective.

38 Responses to “UFC 194 attendance, gate and bonuses”

  1. joe on December 13th, 2015 6:00 AM

    I can’t wait to hear the PPVs. I’ve been saying that the goal should be 2MM buys… According to Conor this was the largest ever

  2. Combat Sports on December 13th, 2015 8:15 AM

    Another huge night for the UFC ownership. What do the fighters get? 10% of the pot. Pathetic.

  3. FightBusiness on December 13th, 2015 8:25 AM

    great night for the ufc but it wont be anywhere near record breaking boxing had 20 live gates in vegas that were bigger or equal to this one.

    http://boxing.nv.gov/results/Top_Boxing_Gates/

  4. joe on December 13th, 2015 8:41 AM

    Lol. Stan Wars

  5. d on December 13th, 2015 8:46 AM

    Fightbusiness is self destructing because of the massive success of UFC 194. The gate is not even close to the ppv when it comes down to revenue where in reality only 3 of those boxing events definitely did more total revenue than this one.

    He’s also frustrated that a super star that the UFC has right now is not a fraud and just basically guaranteed the UFC another 2, million+ ppv fights.

    Great night of fights!!!

  6. d on December 13th, 2015 8:48 AM

    He also welched on his bet like the coward that he is.

  7. tops E on December 13th, 2015 11:45 AM

    Dw did not look happy inside the cage..is it because he wanted a rematch or a trilogy between aldo nd mcgregor for more money? Now its frankie edgar…or was he still upset that his favorite weidman got beat up and was one or his ufc new york hometown guy? hahahaha

  8. FightBusiness on December 13th, 2015 3:45 PM

    i’m not going back on my belt. i’m just waiting for the year to end and tally up everything. by the way Rousey accounts for 1/3 of the ufc’s ppv business. sad. the mens diviison looks like it ill do 4.5 million ppv’s this year as opposed to Boxing which did 6 million. a clear blow out. spare me with mat 2nd. pac only fought once and Mayweather fought Berto. they ouldnt have gotten 4.6 million on there own if they fought twice against top talent. outside of Mcgregor (who is pretty damn magnetic) they really have no one. they better pray to dear God he doesnt lose which is invetable. the mens division is stuck at 4.5 now that weidman lost and if mcgregor loses it will average 4 million ppv’s annually. rousey’s is done as a star

  9. joe on December 13th, 2015 3:55 PM

    The best part of this all is that Conor is coming with a boxing mentality and looking to get paid or copromote.

    This may be the beginning of respectable pay for the fighters

  10. The Greatest on December 13th, 2015 5:26 PM

    Canelo-Cotto torched this fight in revenue.
    Good to see another boxer win an mma belt.

  11. d on December 13th, 2015 7:20 PM

    Fightbusiness, it is already over. The number needed has been surpassed easily.

    Rousey did not account for a third, however regardless, that speaks volumes for how big of a star she has become. What happens in the men’s division is irrelevant when it pertains to how ppv works and revenue is generated. The entire undercard of her fights typically are all men anyway. It is ridiculous to conclude that boxing had a better year, where they clearly did not. This was the biggest year financially for the UFC and we are seeing a clear separation between the two sports in terms of popularity and revenue in N. America where mma is obviously a clear no.1 now. There are a number of UFC fighters who can sell a ppv. There is literally 1 left in boxing after Pac’s next fight.

    Boxing better pray to God that Canelo doesn’t lose, which he will because he is very overrated. As for the UFC, if McGregor loses, he will still be selling ppvs for over a million, and even if he didn’t they have a variety of stars to go around. The same can’t be said for boxing.

    Rousey not only isn’t done, she is probably more popular than ever right now after even losing. She is more popular than every male boxer in the world right now. That’s really sad.

  12. d on December 13th, 2015 7:21 PM

    Hahaha. Canelo-Cotto didn’t even come close to this fight in terms of revenue. Also, McGregor is in no way, shape or form a boxer. He is a mma fighter with a kickboxing background.

  13. The Greatest on December 13th, 2015 7:36 PM

    First off boxing is still clearly a bigger sport than MMA.
    D claims Canelo better not lose but that somehow if Conor or Ronda loses its ok. Another one of his frantic denial post.
    Conors next fight will be against who?
    Is there anyone in there that matters?

    Weidman, who barely had any stardom, just lost to a guy most mma fans never heard of.

    The UFC has Conor left. Thats it. I officially know only two champions in the UFC and they are both boxers. Holm and Mcgregor.
    And Mcgregor is a former boxer with no kickboxing pedigree. Nice try tho.

    Also, Canelo-Cotto pulled more revenue than every UFC ever.
    Fact.

  14. The Greatest on December 13th, 2015 7:38 PM

    D why dont you tell us about those illustrious back room bonuses.
    Do they have back room revenue that we don’t know about either?

  15. fight fan on December 13th, 2015 8:00 PM

    Fellas I am a fan of both sports but prefer boxing. To me I feel that both sports are cashing in on us like willy wonka at a fair. Boxing has screwed itself with all of the different promoters and bodies but UFC has sold itself to a WWE style of promoting its events. Connor is trying hard to be like mayweather and sell his PPVS but at the end of the day good old Dana is the one who cashes in.

    Dana is a fraud who has for years bad mouthed boxing and women fighters. All of the sudden he changes his tune when he figures he can cash in on rousey and expects us to shove over our hard earned cash to keep his bald head shiny.

    There’s no coincidence that both mcgregor and rousey were calling out mayweather non stop a few months ago. They had to have been instructed to do so.

    It’s embarrassing to see how the ufc has lost its way from being about real combat to just being a hype train with wwe style promoting. The UFC legends have to be ashamed of the sport and what its become. Back in the day there was 1 ppv ever month or 2 and that was it. We could keep up with all the fighters and the cards were worthy. Nowadays its every weekend.

    I know some of us have our differences with which sport we like but at the end of the day we’re the ones paying to get these promoters rich. And not for nothing but theres no reason a UFC fighter on a PPV should be getting paid peanuts.

  16. FightBusiness on December 13th, 2015 8:28 PM

    fight fan- i like your assesment
    The Greatest- you always have Boxing’s back but on this one calling Mcgregor a Boxer isnt true. Maybe he boxed for a year but he never was a boxer. He picked up MMA pretty early probably because he knew he couldn’t be a Boxer. Boxing in Ireland is huge.

    Did anyone notice that Mcgregor attempted to kick Aldo in the knee which is a foul.
    Mcgregor is a star period however last night was MMA’s superbowl. Outside of Frankie Edgar there will be no other mega fights like this for Mcgregor since no one else poses a threat. Mayweather is truly one in a million. everyone loses. do you honestly think mcgregor will go undefeated?

    D- outside of Mcgregor ufc has no stars. maybe jones if matched right. boxing is light on superstars but boxing always finds a superstar. who would have thought some 122 pound guy from the philipines would be huge. GGG will cary the torch for 3 years. both sports are light on stars but my money is always on boxing for finding a star. look what happened to weidman yesterday. the dude was in his prime and hyped and got destroyed. same with rousey and look what happened. no rousey wont be a star again. she lost 50% of hr star power after this ass whopping and will lose more after a rematch ass whooping. enjoy Mcgregor while he’s around

  17. fight fan on December 13th, 2015 9:24 PM

    Mcgregor has already lost 2 fights, he is on borrowed time until he fights real competition.

  18. tops E on December 13th, 2015 10:39 PM

    How many amateur boxing fights did mcgregor have? Is it more or less what they keep mentioning kickboxing of holly holm? Hahaha…is there a memo in the ufc,always downplaying boxing…rogan always equal mention of boxing nd kickboxing of holm…cotoure did boxing in the army i think…they say its “dirtyboxing”hahahaha

  19. d on December 14th, 2015 12:12 AM

    “First off boxing is still clearly a bigger sport than MMA.
    D claims Canelo better not lose but that somehow if Conor or Ronda loses its ok. Another one of his frantic denial post.
    Conors next fight will be against who?
    Is there anyone in there that matters?
    Weidman, who barely had any stardom, just lost to a guy most mma fans never heard of.
    The UFC has Conor left. Thats it. I officially know only two champions in the UFC and they are both boxers. Holm and Mcgregor.
    And Mcgregor is a former boxer with no kickboxing pedigree. Nice try tho.
    Also, Canelo-Cotto pulled more revenue than every UFC ever.
    Fact.”

    Every statement here is false and it is really killing you that the UFC had a record year, had more ppv buys and revenue than boxing and has a number of ppv stars while boxing has one who is avoiding the best boxer in the world.

    McGregor king of combat sports, new ppv king!!! HAHAHA!!!

  20. d on December 14th, 2015 12:15 AM

    “And not for nothing but theres no reason a UFC fighter on a PPV should be getting paid peanuts.”

    Just like there is no reason a banner promoted boxer fighting on PPV should be getting paid literally nothing to fight after their expenses which happens nearly every major ppv.

  21. d on December 14th, 2015 12:32 AM

    ” He picked up MMA pretty early probably because he knew he couldn’t be a Boxer. Boxing in Ireland is huge.”

    Or maybe because he knew he preferred real fighting which mma is. MMA in Ireland is huge. McGregor is a bigger star than any boxer is in Ireland right now.

    “Did anyone notice that Mcgregor attempted to kick Aldo in the knee which is a foul.”

    Kicking to the knee is permitted within the rules of the NSAC and the unified rules of mma. It was not a foul.

    “Mcgregor is a star period however last night was MMA’s superbowl. Outside of Frankie Edgar there will be no other mega fights like this for Mcgregor since no one else poses a threat. Mayweather is truly one in a million. everyone loses. do you honestly think mcgregor will go undefeated?”

    McGregor doesn’t need any other big names, he can sell it on his own, and I guarantee you a rematch with Aldo or a fight with Edgar or Cerrone would do huge numbers. He’ll have a few million plus buy ppvs. In terms of talent, there are a few Mayweather’s out there. In terms of consciously fighting that conservatively for that long, no. Most fighters are fighters, they don’t want to win point fights where there is no action and they get booed every fight. Mayweather didn’t seem to have an issue with it. There are some guys who can go years without losing on top. Keep in mind, Mayweather wasn’t a ppv star until after he fought De La Hoya. His reign lasted about 9 years which is extremely long for ppv stars, but it can be eclipsed.

    Truth be told though, in mma, and for the UFC specifically, it doesn’t need to. They aren’t as reliant as boxing is for their stars because it is much easier for stars in mma to sell unlike boxing. Boxing has had basically two guys over the past decade who could sell a ppv, outside of that, they had nothing. The UFC has had over a dozen.

    “D- outside of Mcgregor ufc has no stars. maybe jones if matched right. boxing is light on superstars but boxing always finds a superstar. who would have thought some 122 pound guy from the philipines would be huge. GGG will cary the torch for 3 years. both sports are light on stars but my money is always on boxing for finding a star. look what happened to weidman yesterday. the dude was in his prime and hyped and got destroyed. same with rousey and look what happened. no rousey wont be a star again. she lost 50% of hr star power after this ass whopping and will lose more after a rematch ass whooping. enjoy Mcgregor while he’s around”

    Actually they have a number of stars. They have 3 right now that can pull over 800k buys, 2 that can pull over 1m buys. How many does boxing have that can pull 1m buys as an A? Zero. They also have a few others that can hit 500k and have done so already. Boxing’s second biggest ppv star after Pac’s last fight can’t crack 100k buys.

    Weidman wasn’t overhyped, he is an elite fighter and lost to another elite fighter. He also didn’t get destroyed. He lost violently, however that fight was very close up until he gassed mid way through the 3rd. Weidman clearly won the 1st rd and was winning the third until that moment came. Rockhold proved he is an elite fighter as well though.

    As for Rousey, not only did she not lose any star power, she gained more. Her rematch with Holm will be even bigger than the first.

    This must really frustrate you guys that the UFC is setting records this year for every revenue related stat. MMA is going through the roof this year. You said it wouldn’t hit 5m ppv buys, yet the UFC will hit close to 8m. Wow!!

  22. d on December 14th, 2015 12:35 AM

    “Mcgregor has already lost 2 fights, he is on borrowed time until he fights real competition.”

    He just ko’d the p4p best fighter in the world in 13 seconds. A guy who hadn’t lost in 10 years and was the only ever featherweight champion with 9 title defenses. I don’t know what would be considered real competition after Aldo.

  23. tops E on December 14th, 2015 1:43 AM

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-3QqaDIgQhw boxing promoters in the u.s. Should promote heavyweights tyson fury,anthony joshua and david haye(pbc signed haye already)

  24. tops E on December 14th, 2015 3:25 AM

    Heavyweight division in boxing got interesting after kltchko lost….wilder,tyson fury entertaining and trash talkers…anthony joshua,parker,haye all exciting fighters…kingkong ortiz…old man briggs .make a tournament for the 4 to 10 rated…

  25. BrainSmasher on December 14th, 2015 5:40 AM

    Mayweather called out MMA before anyone called him out. He bashed the UFC years ago to promote himself. So turn about is fair play. The fact he admires the UFC and Dana shows it was just to piggyback the UFC popularity. Just as he did when he went to the WWE to promote his fight.

    Funny how people assume when a star loses everything is lost. They have to lose to someone and that someone gets a boost from it. This is how Floyd was created when he beat Oscar. Just as holm will sell pretty well and who ever beats Conor will do well. They get exposed to to many people not to. The bandwagon fans alone will make them a draw.

    The UfC isn’t cooying WWE on anything. The WWE has never created anything. They steal everything from story lines to wrestler names for any place they can. Mostly movies. The WWE uses traditional entertainment tactics to promote and sell characters and events. The good guy/bad guy routine wssnt created by wwe and neither was the over the top drama or trash talk. It has been proven practices in entertainment for atleast hundreds of years. People only keep linking the two because the WWE tries to fake what the UFC does for real and WWE fans want to feel special by trying to down play the UFC.

  26. d on December 14th, 2015 8:36 AM

    Bellator does bigger ratings in the US than the HW division in boxing.

  27. tops E on December 14th, 2015 12:11 PM

    On record dw started the whole bash boxing…boxing wasnt paying any attention to him at the time…he started boxing is dead movement hahaha

    …funny thing is Rogan got a heated discussion with boxing promoters years ago on tv where he attacked boxing….and years later this year a guest on his podcast was surprised that rogan was boxing fan. Watches more boxing and knows details on a lot of boxers than average boxing fan. and was asked why he did bash boxing on tv…he’s answer was first ” they asked me to” hahahaha

  28. FightBusiness on December 14th, 2015 12:13 PM

    mma did not make more money than Boxing this year. please stop lying. may 2nd shattered records. “they wont do more than 3 million ppv’s”

    there are not 3 stars that can sell 800k ppv’s in the ufc. rousey is done after her holmes rematch. please name these 3 stars.

    mma is real fighting. lol. yeah lets go down to the ground but dont kick me in my face or stmp on my head. take off your shoes. when i have you in guard you cant pick me up and slam me on my neck. dont grab my groin when i’m mounted on you. no shots to the back. padded surface. ground fighting is beyond dumb with multiple attackers. boxing has some of these rules but in a striking fight its hard to land in the back and you can hld your own with multiple attackers since you can take a punch and strike back hard

  29. tops E on December 14th, 2015 12:25 PM

    So ufc propaganda machine is 1.bash boxing…2.mention boxing stars and this ufc star is the boxing star of the sport…anderson,ronda and some.others are the ” mike tyson” of this sport,i hope somebody does research how many times they mentioned mike tyson hahaha now connor is “mayweather”(youll never hear triple g is chuck lidell of boxing)haha
    ..3.but when it comes to ufc vs boxing money keep quiet hahahaha

  30. BrainSmasher on December 14th, 2015 12:47 PM

    You are lying tops! Rogan didn’t say they asked him to. He said the boxing guy was being a price so he went over the top to spite him. Why be reasonable when the other guy isn’t going to be. Langley bashed MMA so Joe bashed his boxing!

    Also Dana commented on boxing but not Mayweather. It was Mayweather who attacked UFC before anyone went after him personally.

  31. BrainSmasher on December 14th, 2015 12:49 PM

    The UFC used boxing as an example to educate old people about Mma. Boxing doesn’t use MMA as an example because no one new is watching boxing to need the sport explained. You are dying!

  32. FightBusiness on December 14th, 2015 1:01 PM

    we are dying but just broke the ppv record with mayweather vs pacquiou. the live gate did more than the freakin superbowl. canelo vs cotto did 900k ppv buys. please stop it. your embarrassing yourself

  33. fight fan on December 14th, 2015 3:19 PM

    boxing is the second biggest sport in the world behind soccer, not even a question it is not dying lol.

  34. d on December 14th, 2015 11:19 PM

    “On record dw started the whole bash boxing…boxing wasnt paying any attention to him at the time…he started boxing is dead movement hahaha”

    Not accurate at all. This goes back to literally the 90s boxers, boxing writers etc have trashed mma. White just responded to all of their nonsense.

    “…funny thing is Rogan got a heated discussion with boxing promoters years ago on tv where he attacked boxing….and years later this year a guest on his podcast was surprised that rogan was boxing fan. Watches more boxing and knows details on a lot of boxers than average boxing fan. and was asked why he did bash boxing on tv…he’s answer was first ” they asked me to” hahahaha”

    I notice you didn’t acknowledge that was in response to Lou DiBella trashing mma. You should watch the interview again.

  35. d on December 14th, 2015 11:27 PM

    “mma did not make more money than Boxing this year. please stop lying. may 2nd shattered records. “they wont do more than 3 million ppv’s””

    I actually stated the truth. The lies are coming from you. 1 fight doesn’t encompass a sport. There were a lot of boxing matches this year and nearly all of them did nothing financially. You are also lying about my quote.

    “there are not 3 stars that can sell 800k ppv’s in the ufc. rousey is done after her holmes rematch. please name these 3 stars.”

    Well, the statistics disagree with you literally from this year. Rousey, McGregor and Jones all did ppvs that went over 800k. Rousey’s next fight will probably go over 2m buys. She could lose those fights and not only pass 800k, but could hit 1m with the right opponent. Holm is not a superstar, Rousey is. She has cross over appeal that is greater than Floyd Mayweather.

    MMA is pretty similar to a real fight. Boxing these days is similar to dancing with the D level stars. HAHAHA!!


    we are dying but just broke the ppv record with mayweather vs pacquiou. the live gate did more than the freakin superbowl. canelo vs cotto did 900k ppv buys. please stop it. your embarrassing yourself”

    Yeah and the only two ppv stars over the past 8 years in boxing are now retiring. Canelo needed Cotto to hit 900k. Rousey hit 900k against Bethe and 1.2-1.3m with Holm. McGregor just smashed Canelo-Cotto. The writing is on the wall. Now the UFC owns both the best individual ppvs from here on out and the most annually. That must sting for boxing fans.

  36. d on December 14th, 2015 11:29 PM

    “Also Dana commented on boxing but not Mayweather. It was Mayweather who attacked UFC before anyone went after him personally.”

    Exactly. Mayweather and a number of boxers/writers were threatened by the emergence of the UFC on ppv where everyone involved in boxing were looking in the mirror and saying what are we not doing, that they are. Boxing started following the UFC and MMA. HAHAHA!

  37. d on December 14th, 2015 11:30 PM

    “boxing is the second biggest sport in the world behind soccer, not even a question it is not dying lol.”

    In North America it is like the 10th or 11th most popular sport behind even table tennis. Hahahaha!!

  38. @D on December 15th, 2015 6:23 AM

    And in the world MMA (or should I say the UFC) is barely on the radar.

    You think anyone gives a s..t about the UFC in China or Russia?

    Boxers earn in one night more than a UFC champ does in a lifetime!

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