UFC St. Petersburg attendance and bonuses

April 21, 2019

UFC St. Petersburg took place on Saturday airing on the digital platform while Prelims could be seen on ESPN2 Saturday morning.

Islam Makhachev and Arman Tsarukyan drew the Fight of the Night bonus for their co-main event.  Makhachev won via unanimous decision although it may have been closer than the scores revealed.

Magomed Mustafaev earned a Performance Bonus with his first round KO of Rafael Fiziev.  Sergei Pavlovich also won a $50,000 performance bonus with his KO of Marcelo Golm.

UFC on ESPN+7 took place on Saturday at Yubileyniy Arena in St. Petersburg, Russia.  The Prelims aired on ESPN2 while the main card was seen on the company’s digital platform.

According to the company post-event, the event drew a sell-out of 7,326 fans.  The event, which was likely scaled for the smaller audience, was the second event in Russia with last September’s event at Olimpiyskiy Stadium drawing 22,603.  The gate information was not released.

The main event saw Alistair Overeem KO Aleksei Oleinik in a heavyweight matchup.

Two FOTN winners for UFC 236

April 13, 2019

UFC 236’s two amazing featuring fights earned an unprecedented dual Fight Night bonuses.

The event from Atlanta drew 14,297 for a gate of $1,908,721.  Instead of Performance and Fight Night Bonuses, the UFC decided to award two FOTN bonuses.  Holloway/Poirier drew FOTN for the crowning of the Louisiana native.  In what had to be the best fight in years, Israel Adesanya defeated Kelvin Gastelum.  All four earned $50,000 bonuses.

Payout Perspective:

The main event and the co-main events were the two best championship fights this year.  The fight ensures two larger fights in the future.  First, Adesanya will face Robert Whittaker in a fight that should take place in Australia or New Zealand.  Next, Dustin Poirier takes on Khabib Nurmogomedov for the lightweight title later this year.

UFC on ESPN 2 attendance, gate and bonuses

March 31, 2019

UFC on ESPN 2 took place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Saturday night with Justin Gaethje bringing the fans another stellar performance as he KO’s Edson Barboza in the main event of the evening.

Gaethje along with Barboza drew Fight of the Night on Saturday.  Jack Hermansson and Paul Craig drew Performance of the Night Bonuses.  All received the standard $50,000 per year.  Hermansson defeated David Branch via first round submission.  Craig pulled off a last minute submission via triangle choke over Kenned Nzechukwu to go to 3-3 in the UFC.

Gaethje knocked out Barboza in the very first round after some solid exchanges between the two.  The former WSOF champ has now won “Fight of the Night” honors in four of his first five UFC fights.

The event at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia drew 11,123 fans for a live gate of $1,102,542.16.

The numbers were announced post-event by the UFC.

Payout Perspective:

The event drew solid attendance and gate for this visit to Philly.  Gaethje is soon becoming a “must watch” UFC competitor as highlighted by the number of Fight of the Night honors he receives.  While his fight style may not be long for his career, he is an exciting fighter that pleases the crowd.

UFC on ESPN + 6 attendance, gate and bonuses

March 23, 2019

UFC on ESPN + 6 took place Saturday from Nashville, Tennessee.  The event drew $939,095.99 per the UFC post-fight.

Bonuses were handed out to Anthony Pettis, Randa Markos, Bryce Mitchell and Bobby Moffett.  Pettis earned a Performance Bonus for his devastating superman punch that knocked out Stephen Thompson in the second round of the main event.  Markos scored a first round submission of Angela Hill.  Mitchell and Moffett drew Fight of the Night with Mitchell edging out Moffett.

The event took place at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.

Payout Perspective:

It was Showtime’s first fight at welterweight and he KO’d the previously non-KO’d Wonderboy.  One has to expect Pettis to be a mainstay in the stacked division and make a run here in the future.  Maycee Barber could have been another candidate for a bonus after her stoppage of J.J. Aldrich.

ESPN+5 attendance, gate and bonuses

March 16, 2019

ESPN +5 took place on Saturday from London where Jorge Masvidal earned two bonuses in addition to a post-fight altercation with Leon Edwards.

Masvidal KO’d Darren Till in the second-round of the main event of the night.  The welterweights earned Fight of the Night and Masvidal drew a Performance Bonus for his win.  He also was involved in a post-fight scuffle with Leon Edwards after Masvidal was interrupted by a heckling Edwards.  According to reports, Edwards will not press any charges from what could have been called an assault.

Dan Ige earned the other $50,000 bonuses with his submission victory over Danny Henry.

According to the UFC, the event at the O2 Arena in London drew 16,602 for a live gate of $2.4 million.

The numbers were announced by the UFC post-event.

Payout Perspective:

According to MMA Junkie, it’s the largest gate that company has done in 11 events in London.  Masvidal’s performance in the ring secured his ascension to become a challenger for the welterweight title.  His performance outside the ring secured his reputation as a legit guy who does not care where the fight is, he’ll take it to you.

UFC on ESPN + 4 attendance, gate and bonuses

March 10, 2019

UFC on ESPN + 4 took place on Saturday night from Wichita, Kansas with the main event receiving the Fight of the Night.

Junior Dos Santos KO victory of Derrick Lewis received the $50K bonus for FOTN.  In addition, Beneil Dariush and Niko Price earned the other $50K performance bonuses.  Dariush submitted Drew Dober while Price KO’d Tim Means.

The event from Wichita, Kansas was the promotion’s first visit to the state and drew 7,265 fans for a gate of $636,417.26 as disclosed by officials post-event.

Payout Perspective:

JDS likely propels himself into heavyweight title contention once again.  The event attendance is on par with Fight Night attendance in the past.  Although we won’t know for sure, it’s likely that more people watched this ESPN+ event than most other Fight Night events due to the exposure by the network.

UFC 235 attendance, gate and bonuses

March 2, 2019

UFC 235 took place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.  The UFC announced its attendance, gate and bonuses.

The bonuses went to Cody Garbrandt and Pedro Munhoz for their one round brawl which saw Munhoz end up with the victory.  Johnny Walker earned a Performance Bonus for a well-placed knee which put down Misha Cirkunov.  Unfortunately for Walker, he injured himself in the post-fight celebration.  Diego Sanchez earned a Performance Bonus for his second-round stoppage of Mickey Gall.

The event drew 14,790 for a gate of $4,035,156.50.  The numbers were announced post-event.

Payout Perspective:

A big gate for this event which saw two title fights.  The Garbrandt-Munhoz fight did not last long but earned its FOTN due to the last 30 seconds.  Sanchez turned back the clock by stopping Mickey Gall and Johnny Walker has impressed in his last two fights.  There were some suspect ref calls otherwise it was a good night of fights.

UFC on ESPN +3 attendance, gate and bonuses

February 23, 2019

UFC on ESPN + 3 took place on Saturday mid-day in the United States as the live event took place in Prague.

The UFC announced Performance bonuses for Thiago “Marreta” Santos, Stefan Struve, Michal Oleksiejczuk and Dwight Grant.  Each received $50,000.  There was no Fight of the Night.

The event drew  16,583 fans for a live gate of $1,606,176.  The event took place at the O2 Arena in Prague in the Czech Republic.  It was the first event in Prague and based on attendance numbers, fans came out to see the UFC>

UFC 234 attendance, gate and bonuses

February 10, 2019

UFC 234 drew 15,238 fans for a live gate of $2,470,088 according to Dana White at the post fight press conference.  The event was a sell out despite the fact that the main event was called off the day of the show.

UFC took place at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia.

The fight bonuses went to Israel Adesanya, Anderson Silva, Montana De La Rosa and Devonte Smith.  Israel and Silva earned the Fight of the Night while De La Rosa and Smith earned Performance bonuses for their respective stoppages in their bouts.

Payout Perspective:

According to White, there was no real impact despite the Robert Whittaker-Kelvin Gastelum fight was called off last minute.  While he did not give a number, White stated that PPV “wasn’t bad at all.”  Interesting enough, the Prelims on ESPN should do well considering it worked with another lead-in of Duke-Virginia.  This event drew over 1 million google searches which may be based on a combination of the main event scratch and the replacement fight of Adesanya and Silva.

UFC on ESPN+1 attendance, gate and bonuses

January 20, 2019

UFC on ESPN+1 drew 12,152 fans for a gate of $1.23 million at the Barclay’s Center according to the UFC.  The event was the promotion’s debut on the network.

The main event saw Henry Cejudo retain his flyweight championship by stopping T.J. Dillashaw in the first round.  Also on the card, the controversial Heavyweight debut of Greg Hardy ended in a disqualification against the former NFL player as he landed a blatant and illegal knee to Allen Crowder.  It appeared that Hardy had no idea that it was against the rule.

The event bonuses went to Cejudo, Donald Cerrone and Alexander Hernandez.  Cerrone was a double bonus winner for his stoppage of the up and coming Hernandez.  The two won Fight of the Night for their performance.  Cejudo cashed in a $50K bonus for his KO of Dillashaw.

Payout Perspective:

There were actually several other fighters on the card that could have received a Performance Bonus but Cejudo and Cerrone were the most outstanding.  The event received much-hype and fans seemed to gravitate to it despite a Pacquiao fight on PPV and a flyweight fight as the main event.

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