UFC 205 sets gate record
November 13, 2016
The $50,000 bonuses went to Conor McGregor, Yoel Romero, Stephen Thompson and Tyron Woodley. McGregor and Romero earned the Performance bonuses while Thompson and Woodley drew the Fight of the Night.
UFC 205 drew a record $17.7 million gate before a crowd of 20,427 at Madison Square Garden. The gate eclipsed the UFC’s gate attendance of $12 million at UFC 129. You may recall that 129 was a stadium show in Toronto with 55,724 in attendance.
The numbers were announced post-fight by the UFC.
A great night of fights. Certainly, Khabib, Vicente Luque or Tim Boetsch could have won Performance bonuses as well as Joanna and Karolina for Fight of the Night. The attendance and gate were a forgone conclusion that they would set records. With the buzz of it being the first UFC event in New York after the ban was lifted on MMA and the astronomical ticket prices, the gate would set records. Just looking at the previous record where over 55,000 were in attendance versus this event with almost 20,500 in attendance, the ticket prices were much more for New York.