UFC 229 attendance, gate and bonuses

October 7, 2018

UFC 229 set an attendance and gate record for MMA events in Nevada on Saturday night.

The event which was marred by a post-fight melee involving Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmogomedov had some great fights too.  The event was a sell-out at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

The co-main event of Tony Ferguson-Anthony Pettis won Fight of the Night.  The Performance Bonus went to Derrick Lewis and Aspen Ladd for their performances.

The event was a complete sellout and drew 20,034 for a gate of $17.2 million.  The gate is second only to the UFC’s debut at MSG for 205.  McGregor-Alvarez drew 17.7 million.

Payout Perspective:

For obvious reasons, Khabib was not rewarded with a bonus.  Ladd and Lewis had great performances for differing reasons.  Ladd had a dominant performance while Lewis was losing for most of his fight before finally using his power to stop Alexander Volkov.  The UFC did record numbers for the press conference, weigh-ins and the event.  Will the UFC score a PPV record? All signs point to it coming at least close to 1.5M.

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