UFC Fight Night 114 attendance and bonuses

August 6, 2017

UFC Fight Night 114 drew 10,172 fans in Mexico City Saturday night according to UFC officials post-event.

There was no live gate announced for the event.  Of 5 events taking place in Mexico City at the Mexico City Arena, UFC Fight Night 114 drew the lowest attendance of the 5.  Arguably, it was the weakest card out of the 5 as well.

  1. UFC 188:  Velasquez Werdum – 21,036
  2. UFC 180: Werdum-Hunt – 21,000
  3. UFC Fight Night 98: RDA-Ferguson – 11,460
  4. UFC Fight Night 78: Magny-Gastelum – 10,410
  5. UFC Fight Night 114: 10,172

The UFC also announced the bonuses for Fight Night 114 which included Dustin Ortiz, Joseph Morales, Humberto Bandenay and Niko Price.  There was no Fight of the Night as all 4 received Performance Bonuses.

Payout Perspective:

You probably shouldn’t be surprised with the low turnout since this is the archetype for a Fight Night card.  Still, Niko Price, Sergio Pettis and Markos-Grasso put on good performances on Saturday night.  We shall see how it did up against ESPN’s Topo Rank Boxing.

UFC 214 attendance, gate and bonuses

July 30, 2017

The UFC announced the attendance, gate and bonuses for UFC 214 in Anaheim Saturday night.

Jon Jones, Volkan Oezdemir, Brian Ortega, and Renato Moicano earned the $50,000 bonuses.  Jones and Oezdemir won for their stoppages and Ortega and Moicano earned the Fight of the Night.

The event at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California drew 16,610 fans for a live gate of $2,448,870.  It was the best gate for the venue in the 7 UFC events held at the venue.

Payout Perspective:

The Curran-Albu fight could have drawn the FOTN bonus but Ortega’s stoppage probably gave the fight the nod.  Southern California is a great region for MMA and the attendance and gate reflects the fact that when there are solid fights, people will come.  Clearly, this card was the strongest of the year.

UFC on Fox 25 attendance, gate and bonuses

July 22, 2017

UFC on Fox 25 drew 11,198 fans for a gate of 1 million per the UFC post-event.  In addition, Alex Oliveira, Junior Albini, Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos and Lyman Good earned the $50K bonuses for the event on Long Island.

You may recall that last July’s UFC on Fox 20 from Chicago did well with a main event of Holly Holm-Valentina Shevchenko.  The event drew 10,287 for a gate of $1 million.  The event drew 2.975 million viewers which was the biggest ratings for a summer UFC on Fox event in its history.

This year, the event took place at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.  It was the company’s first event on Long Island and 4th in New York.

(h/t:  MMA Junkie)

2017 UFC on Fox

UFC on Fox 24: 12,171, $1,081,193

UFC on Fox 23: 13,213, $1,020,434

Payout Perspective:

Based on the configuration of the arena for the event, it looks like this was not a sellout but a solid event nonetheless.  The event is less than the other events this year but on par with each.  We shall see how ratings do for this event tomorrow.

UFC Fight Night 113 attendance, gate and bonuses

July 16, 2017

UFC Fight Night 113 from Scotland drew 10,589 fans for a gate of $1.2 million per the UFC post-fight.  Main event Santiago Ponzinibbio led the performance bonus winners with his stoppage of Gunnar Nelson.

Paul Felder, Danny Henry and Daniel Teymur drew the other $50,000 bonuses.  Felder earned bonus of the night while Henry-Teymur drew Fight of the Night.  Ponzinibbio scored a huge upset over the favored Nelson with a huge KO in round 1.

The event was held at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland.

The last event in Glasgow featured Michael Bisping defeating Thales Leites at UFC Fight Night 72.  The debut event in the country drew 10,451 for a gate of $1.5 million at the SSE Hydro.

Payout Perspective:

A nice return to Scotland for the UFC.  While fan favorite Gunnar Nelson did not win, it was an entertaining card with some entertaining fights.  Despite making less than 2015, the event shows the fans will support the company when they return.

Gaethje tops TUF 25 Finale salaries

July 11, 2017

The Nevada State Athletic Commission has released the payouts from TUF 25.  Newcomer to the UFC, Justin Gaethje drew $300,000  including bonuses for Friday’s fight against Michael Johnson.

Via MMA Junkie:

Justin Gaethje: $200,000 (includes $100,000 win bonus)
def. Michael Johnson: $47,000

Jesse Taylor: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. Dhiego Lima: $15,000

Drakkar Klose: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Marc Diakiese: $24,000

Jared Cannonier: $100,000 (includes $50,000 win bonus)
def. Nick Roehrick: $12,000

Brad Tavares: $68,000 (includes $34,000 win bonus)
def. Elias Theodorou: $24,000

Jordan Johnson: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Marcel Fortuna: $14,000

Angela Hill: $36,000 (includes $18,000 win bonus)
def. Ashley Yoder: $12,000

James Krause: $48,000 (includes $24,000 win bonus)
def. Tom Gallicchio: $10,000

C.B. Dolloway: $86,000 (includes $43,000 win bonus)
def. Ed Herman: $54,000

Tecia Torres: $60,000 (includes $30,000 win bonus)
def. Juliana Lima: $17,000

Gray Maynard: $102,000 (includes $51,000 win bonus)
def. Teruto Ishihara: $21,000

Payout Perspective:

In addition to the $30,000 earned by Taylor, he received $290,000 which included $250,000 for winning TUF and then $40,000 in wins and bonuses during the season.  The payroll far exceeds the total reported gate of $432,495.  In his debut with the company, former WSOF lightweight champ Justin Gaethje is making $100,000 and $100,000 which seems commensurate to his status and fight style as an entertaining fight favorite.  With his $100,000 bonuses for FOTN and POTN, Gaethje made out with $300,000 (not including Reebok pay) for the night.

UFC 213 attendance, gate and bonuses

July 9, 2017

UFC 213 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada Saturday night drew a reported 12,834 for a gate of $2.4 million making it the second-best for 2017.  In addition, the UFC announced bonus of which the main event led the winners.

Robert Whittaker’s win over Yoel Romero drew the Fight of the Night while Rob Font and Chad Laprise scored bonuses for their Performances.  Each received $50,000 each.

UFC 211 in Dallas drew 17,834 for a gate of $2,662,645.  That card featured two UFC titles on the line.  UFC 213 was to have two belts on the line but Amanda Nunes pulled out early Saturday leaving the interim middleweight belt the only one on the line.

Payout Perspective:

As always, the numbers were revealed by the UFC, so no word yet on how many people took advantage of the refund offered for the loss of the main event.  For obvious reasons, last year’s UFC 200 drew a bigger gate and more in attendance (18,202 and $10,700,000).  Still, the UFC is likely happy with the attendance and gate since tickets appeared ample tickets to be available on the day of the event.

TUF Finale 25 attendance, gate and bonuses

July 7, 2017

Justin Gaethje’s UFC debut was likely one of the best in the history of the company.  Gaethje drew two bonuses for his main event stoppage of Michael Johnson at the TUF 25 Finale Friday night at the T-Mobile Arena.

Gaethje drew a Performance bonus and along with Michael Johnson earned Fight of the Nihgt.  Tecia Torres also drew a Performance bonus for her submission of Juliana Lima.

The UFC announced that the TUF 25 Finale drew 6,308 fans for a live gate of $432,495.  In comparison, the TUF 23 Finale last year drew 8,115 fans for a live gate of $736,408.  Last year there were 3 events during International Fight wheras this week there are only 2.  TUF 24 Finale in December was held at The Palms and had a very small crowd of 1,800.

The bonuses, attendance and gate were announced post fight by UFC officials.

Payout Perspective:

Not a big showing for tonight’s event but those that were in attendance witnessed the reason why Justin Gaethje is one of the most-exciting fighters around.  Granted, his style is not long for this sport, but Gaethje and Johnson put on one of the best fights this year.

UFC Fight Night 112 attendance, gate and bonuses

June 25, 2017

UFC Fight Night 111 on Sunday drew $7,605 for a gate of $549,302 from Oklahoma City.  It was the second time that the promotion has made it to the Chesapeake Energy Center.

The bonuses for the event went to Jeremy Kimball, Dominick Reyes, Tim Boetsch and Kevin Lee earned the $50,000 bonuses for the event.  Kimball, Reyes and Boetsch all earned their $50,000 bonuses via TKO while Lee won via Technical stoppage.

The numbers were announce post-event by the UFC.

UFC Fight Night 19 was the last time the promotion came to Oklahoma City.  That event in September 2009 drew 2.5 million viewers watching Nate Diaz submit Melvin Guillard.

Payout Perspective:

It was the lowest output for attendance this year and definitely the smallest event thus far in 2017.  The card was reminiscent of September 2016’s Hidalgo, Texas card.  A smaller mid-west UFC show which doesn’t garner a lot of attendance.  As with most Fight Night cards, there were several up-and-comer fighters to watch but definitely a card for the hardcore UFC fans.

UFC Fight Night 111 attendance, gate and bonuses

June 17, 2017

MMA Junkie reports the attendance, gate and bonuses for UFC Fight Night 111 from Singapore.  The event was a Fight Pass only event taking place early Saturday morning in North America.

Holly Holm, Ulka Sasaki, Li Jingliang and Frank Camacho received the $50,000 bonuses.  Holm and Sasaki earned “Performance of the Night” honors while Jingliang and Camacho won “Fight of the Night.

The event drew 8,414 fans for a live gate of $839,300 ($1,1690,793 Singapore dollars) from the Singapore Indoor Stadium.  The last time the UFC was in Singapore was for UFC Fight Night 34.  The event drew 5,216 fans without a reported gate.  The event featured Tarec Saffiedine and also had Max Holloway on the Prelim card.

Payout Perspective:

An impressive performance by Holm with a similar headkick to the one she delivered to Ronda Rousey to end Beth Corriea’s night.  The event did better than last time in Singapore.  It was on par with last week’s event in New Zealand.

UFC Fight Night 110 attendance, gate and bonuses

June 10, 2017

The main event of UFC Fight Night 110 drew Fight of the Night bonuses as Mark Hunt and Derrick Lewis led the list of $50,000 bonus winners.  In addition Ben Nguyen and Dan Hooker scored Performance of the Night victories.

The attendance, gate and bonuses were announced post-event by the UFC.

The event took place in Auckland, New Zealand and it was Mark Hunt’s first pro MMA bout in his home country.  He earned a stoppage win against Derrick Lewis in the 4th Round of their 5-round bout.  Nguyen upset Tim Elliott with a rear-naked choke in the first round.  Maybe most impressive was Dan Hooker’s knee to Ross Pearson’s chin which earned him the victory.

The event took place at the Spark Arena in Auckland, New Zealand and drew  8,649 for a live gate of $1,150,428 NZD (almost $830,000 U.S.) per MMA Junkie.

It was the UFC’s second time in New Zealand as it came to the country in 2014.  UFC Fight Night 43 drew 8,098 in attendance with a live gate of $1.04 million New Zealand dollars which equates to approximately $913,000 U.S. dollars.

Payout Perspective:

Derek Brunson and Vinc Pichel could have earned a $50,00 bonus as well but no complaints on Hooker or Nguyen.  The event numbers are on par with the UFC’s last visit.  It was an entertaining night of fights with a lot of stoppages.

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