UFC 205 sets gate record

November 13, 2016

MMA Junkie reports the attendance, gate and bonuses from UFC 205 from New York City on Saturday night.

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.

Payout Perspective:

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.

23 Responses to “UFC 205 sets gate record”

  1. Combo on November 13th, 2016 12:47 PM

    Another historic night for MMA.
    The takeover continues.

  2. trud on November 13th, 2016 1:08 PM

    as a long time boxing fan and someone that has been watching boxing for 30 years.

    boxing cannot compete with the ufc now, that show was way more exciting than any boxing card that has been put on the past 15 years or more

  3. d on November 13th, 2016 1:17 PM

    This was a great night of fights and they without question broke every record. I’m guessing this went over 2m buys.

  4. Cutch on November 13th, 2016 2:37 PM

    They are looking to go back in November, that’s smart, you don’t want to totally burn out the market, have Brooklyn hold Fox & mediocre PPVs (they go to Brooklyn in March I think) and other New York arenas can hold smaller Fight Nights but keep a big show once a year for MSG.The rest either in Stadiums or Las Vegas.

  5. tops E on November 13th, 2016 4:28 PM

    Hahahaha…what a bad night for dw….ive been saying this for a long time he was protecting weidman by insisting romero and jacare fighting each other even with injuries and cancellations—how bout wonderboy instant rematch woodley vs mcgregor would be better

  6. Wil on November 13th, 2016 4:28 PM

    That gate speaks for itself, massive night. Was very disappointed with the poor showing by alvarez though. If you know your opponent is a superior boxer, is a southpaw counter puncher, why would you circle to your right???? Basic boxing would dictate you circle to your left and counter down the middle with the straight right….or if your boxing is poor and your wrestling strong, then shoot for double and single legs….I have no idea what alvarez thought he was going to accomplish with that. Conor is a far superior boxer to anyone in his weight classes in terms of UFC…if people stand with him, they get beat up, period.

  7. Wil on November 13th, 2016 4:30 PM

    loved the woodley vs wonder boy fight, best one of the night for me. Love seeing Woodley do well and stick his finger to the haters. I hope he wins in the rematch, clearly he sees he has the advantage in power. I could tell he was worried about his stamina though, he put himself in a very bad position by going to his back with that guilotine though.
    Loved what Conor said afterwards that if he is to come back, he wants a percentage of the company…right on brother right on…..you are the one they all pay to see, the UFC is yours. Make them cough up more money for you, otherwise no casuals would care

  8. tops E on November 13th, 2016 4:32 PM

    Alvarez looked intimidated …connor looked 1 division bigger….how bout connor ordering them to get the belt and calling them cheap hahaha…and now he wants to be part owner hahahaha.good for connor make dw his bitch

  9. d on November 13th, 2016 4:42 PM

    Topps quietly self destructing because of the massive success. Hahahaha.

  10. Fight Fan on November 13th, 2016 4:49 PM

    Should help to put a little dent in the 4 billion lol. Talk about the fix being in on Alvarez, dude did nothing.

  11. d on November 13th, 2016 5:00 PM

    Delusions of grandeur from the boxing crowd.

    What’s funny is this fight will likely do more ppv buys than every boxing ppv this year.


  12. Chris on November 13th, 2016 5:13 PM

    Great event, great main event, huge success.

    Of course the trolls find something stupid to say, what else can they really say? that the event wasnt a success? That McGregor isnt a star?

    So instead of just being real and saying yeah it was a big success they say dumb shit. Thats what get with trolls.

    Anyway next weekend is fun, Ward/Kovalev is awesome, Bellator has a good main/co main. 2 UFC cards, not great fight nights but some good fights over the two events.

    Gonna be a good weekend.

  13. tops E on November 13th, 2016 6:38 PM

    Connor s right…connan is now a part owner of the ufc….he should be an owner too hahaha…fighters would now ask payment in ownership percentage hahaha…img never thought about that when they asked for operation expense from celebrities hahaha…..fanboys should support connor(or fighters) to make more money hahaha

  14. Wil on November 13th, 2016 8:48 PM

    Trud, what does this have to do with boxing?

  15. fight fan on November 13th, 2016 9:14 PM

    McTapper wants ownership now lol. Guess this guy has never worked a real job before. Just cause you sell the cars on the lot doesn’t mean you become the owner. Dana and friends knew this was coming and bailed.

  16. Cutch on November 14th, 2016 3:37 AM

    Loads of celebrities own a little bit of the UFC, think it was $250,000 at the very least.

    McGregor fights long, Alvarez got him against the cage, McGregor just circled out and defended any takedown well. You can’t shoot from miles out unless you are fighting a guy with no take down defense, you have to set it up with strikes.

    Woodley is massive, if it was Conors last fight then why not but the guy can barely make 168 without cutting, Woodley cuts from about 190 probably more out of camp.

    Enough with the McTapper nonsense, name me a potential MMA goat who has never tapped? Besides Jon Jones there are none, everybody can get caught in a submission and you either go to sleep or get a limb broke.

  17. Combo on November 14th, 2016 11:29 AM

    I don’t believe McGregor deserves equity. That’s not how business works.

    In any case, McGregor is the current king of combat sports. In addition to having unprecedented two-belts, no one comes close to being as entertaining as a fighter and having his charisma. And he apologizes… to absolutely nobody!

    MMA is on fire and continues its dominance.

  18. Diego on November 14th, 2016 1:00 PM

    It is hard to imagine Conor having more fans in attendance. You can get from Philly to MSG in 90 minutes by train, but Conor had the home field advantage. It was insane. There are now three great fights ahead of Conor – Khabib, Aldo, and Diaz. You can almost mix and match the order and it doesn’t matter. They will be big fights because Conor is involved.

  19. Wil on November 14th, 2016 4:59 PM

    Conor is in the drivers seat in all of mma, there is no mma fighter that is more well known than him, and I dont even think Rousey at her height is on McGregors level. Even if Conor lost his next fight, because he won his last 2 in big dramatic fashion and stages, he would still be as popular as he is now. He is by far the most popular prize fighter in the USA now that Mayweather is retired and Manny doesnt pull exactly what he used to. And yes, if you compete long enough in mma youre going to tap out, its either that or go to sleep (which feels like bleeding out I might add…and that is something I know about in my profession) or you risk permanant damage to a limb.
    Now here is where I part ways with a couple of you fellas above….I do believe Conor deserves a share of the company, because he sells, he is the man, there is no one else who even comes close. He generates the most money, if and when he leaves the UFC, the numbers will crash. Period. Just compare the numbers (ratings, ppvs, attendance) to anything that doesnt have him on it…..defense rests your honor.

  20. d on November 14th, 2016 5:20 PM

    McGregor is much bigger than Pacquaio ever was and he arguably is bigger than Mayweather. He destroys Pacquaio’s ppv numbers and he does better numbers than most of Mayweather’s fights with low profile opponents. Mayweather would draw 900k with those types of opponents, while McGregor is doing a million and a half.

  21. fight fan on November 14th, 2016 6:34 PM

    If you give him a share of the company and give in what’s next? He will start demanding a company jet, PPVs to be in Ireland and his own promotional company. Someone has to put their foot down.

    Also Pac was bigger than McTapper and his run lasted for years. Floyds best fight without manny (caneloO did 2 mil buys. May Pac did over 4 million. So you could say Manny sold a 2 Million PPV fight.

  22. d on November 14th, 2016 8:39 PM

    He’s not going to need to demand his own promotional company. That will come when his contract ends and the UFC may not be able to do anything about that.

    Also, Pacquaio’s numbers were no where near McGregor’s and Conor’s run has already been more impressive. To say Pacquaio did a 2m ppv buy fight is just another case of your delusions.

    Pacquaio’s biggest ppv as an A was against Marquez III and was 1.4m buys. McGregor has beaten that with his last 3 fights. Manny has a total of 5ppvs that have gone over 1m buys as the A. McGregor already has 4 and will for certain have 5 with his next fight. He’s done this in a much shorter time than Manny also.

    McGregor is bigger than Manny could have ever dreamed and he is arguably bigger than Floyd too. Could you imagine if he fought someone like GSP or someone with the star power of Lesnar, Rousey, etc.? This last fight probably did 2m, if he actually fought a ppv star we’d be talking a lot more.

  23. Caramel City on November 18th, 2016 2:25 AM

    MMA continues its dominance of what?
    Conor is the only one that sells and that all ends when he gets beat again.
    The UFC has a fanbase that’s easy to sell to, while in boxing you can’t give the people bunk ppvs and expect them to buy them.
    UFC had a record night because it was NYC and it was the first time the UFC was held at MSG.
    If Canelo-GGG happened at MSG, you can bet it would shatter all numbers.

    And Conor is no where near the star that Pacquiao is. Ireland doesnt shut down or even really care when McGregor fights.
    Boxing is at an all time high in Europe and MMA is really not catching on and is why boxing is doing a lot more business in Europe. The money is good.
    A lot of the UK fighters and promoters really don’t care about our market over here, since they make more money over there.
    You only come to America with hopes of getting the American fanbase to really fork over the money if you are trying to be a ppv attraction. But a lot of these guys over there are making millions, and for a good few, $10m+ per fight.
    Why come here?

    Once again, as I said before and was correct about PBC being even bigger in 2017. McGregors numbers aren’t the real numbers.
    I know that they have FOX scrambling to continuously push their product but even people at FOX are already starting to notice that the UFC isn’t a formation that’s bound to stick around. McGregor is basically their runner. And we all know that hes not going to keep it up for long.

    When your star wants to fight in another sport where he has no chance. You have a problem. Failed boxer becomes MMA star and wants to go box. Yea that looks good for the UFC.

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