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.

UFC 232 attendance, gate and bonuses

December 29, 2018

Aaron Bronsteter of TSN Sports tweeted out the attendance and gate for Saturday night’s UFC 232.  Despite the short notice, the event was a sell out with 15,862 for a gate of over $2 million.

To be specific, the gate was $2,066,604.  The Fight of the Night went to Chad Mendes and Alexander Vokanovski.  The Performance Bonuses went to Ryan Hall and Amanda Nunes.

The event was moved earlier this week from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas to The Forum in Inglewood, California for Jon Jones.

Notably, UFC 199 drew 15,587 for a live gate of $2,1687,675 in June 2016.  The fight featured last minute replacement Michael Bisping winning the middleweight title from Luke Rockhold.

Payout Perspective:

It was a good night at the gate for the UFC.  They were on par with UFC 199 with little time for ticket sales and promotion in the area.  We will see what the CSAC breakdown of tickets (and comps) says, but tonight’s numbers were impressive considering the last-minute change.  Hall had an impressive submission over the BJ Penn and of course Nunes solidified her legacy as the UFC’s best women’s fighter by KO’ing Cyborg in the first round.

UFC on Fox 31 attendance, gate and bonuses

December 15, 2018

Al Iaquinta led the list of bonus-winning fighters on the very last UFC on Fox card this Saturday from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  The event was the very last on the network as it will move to ESPN in January.

Iaquinta soundly defeated Kevin Lee and won via unanimous decision to earn a $50,000 bonus.  Also earning bonuses were Charles Oliveira, Jared Gordon and Joaquim Silva.  Do Bronx submitted Jim Miller in the very first round.  Silva and Gordon earned Fight of the Night which Silva won.

The event drew 9,010 fans for a live gate of $616,000.  The event took place at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee. UFC officials announced the information post-fight.

Payout Perspective:

Not a lot of fans turned out for the last televised network event on Fox.  In fact, the gate is on par with most Fight Night events this year.  Iaquinta showed that he should be given another challenge at 155 before the hopeful return title bout against Khabib.

UFC 231 attendance, gate and bonuses

December 10, 2018

UFC 231 took place this past Saturday in Toronto and Max Holloway came out the big winner with two bonuses for the night.

Holloway’s TKO finish of Brian Ortega gave him a Performance of the Night.  The main event also drew Fight of the Night.  Thiago Santos earned the other $50,000 bonus in a hard-hitting first fight of the PPV with Jimi Manuwa.  Santos won via TKO.

Toronto continues to show it should be an annual stop for the UFC as it was an announced sellout of 19,039 for a $2.4 million live gate.  The event took place at the Scotiabank Arena.

The numbers were announced post-fight by UFC officials.

Payout Perspective:

An impressive return for Max Holloway at 145 as there were whispers of health issues and a move up in weight class.  But, “Blessed” was remarkably impressive in his dismantling of Ortega.  A great night for the UFC as Toronto seems to be an anchor city in Canada for the promotion.

Usman, RDA top TUF Finale payouts

December 3, 2018

The Nevada State Athletic Commission has disclosed the payroll from Friday night’s TUF Finale from The Pearl Theatre at The Palms in Las Vegas.

In a losing effort, Rafael dos Anjos had the biggest purse payout in $110,000 but Kamaru Usman made the highest overall purse on the card making $150,000 with $75,000 to show and $75,000 to win.

Via MMA Junkie:

Kamaru Usman: $150,000 (includes $75,000 win bonus)
def. Rafael dos Anjos: $110,000

Juan Espino: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. Justin Frazier: $15,000

Macy Chiasson: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. Pannie Kianzad: $15,000

Pedro Munhoz: $90,000 (includes $45,000 win bonus)
def. Bryan Caraway: $21,000

Edmen Shahbazyan: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Darren Stewart: $22,000

Antonina Shevchenko: $36,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. Ji Yeon Kim: $14,000*

Kevin Aguilar: $25,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Rick Glenn: $20,000**

Joseph Benavidez: $146,000 (includes $73,000 win bonus)
def. Alex Perez: $22,000

Maurice Green: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Michel Batista: $10,000

Leah Letson: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Julia Stoliarenko: $10,000

Roosevelt Roberts: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Darrell Horcher: $15,000

Tim Means: $98,000 (includes $49,000 win bonus)
def. Ricky Rainey: $14,000

Raoni Barcelos: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Chris Gutierrez: $10,000

Payout Perspective:

Usman also received a $50,000 bonus which makes it a great night of earning for the welterweight.  The first asterisk notes that Kim, who lost to Antonina Shevchenko, forfeited $6,000 of her purse for missing weight.  The second asterisk notes that Glenn, who also lost, forfeited $5,000 of his show money for missing weight.  Also of note, it looks as though the TUF contestants made a little more than in previous TUF finales.

UFC Fight Night 142 attendance, gate and bonuses

December 2, 2018

UFC Fight Night 142 in Adelaide, Australia took place on Saturday night in North America.  An old face led the bonus winners.

Mauricio “Shogun” Rua won a Performance Bonus after his upset victory stunning local favorite Tyson Pedro.    In addition, newcomers Sodiq Yusuff and Kai Kara-France earned bonuses.  Yusuff had a first-round finish of Suman Mokhtarian.  Kara-France and Elias Garcia earned Fight of the Night.  Each received an additional $50,000.

The event at the Adelaide Entertainment Center drew 8,652 in attendance with a gate of $1,026,937 USD.

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

Payout Perspective:

A good turnout for what turned out to be a disappointing night for local fighters as Mark Hunt, Tyson Pedro and Tai Tuivasa all lost on Saturday.  Yet, it did produce some good performances such as the ones from newcomers Yusuff and Kara-France.

Usman heads up TUF 28 Finale bonuses

December 1, 2018

The TUF 28 Finale took place on Friday at The Pearl Theater in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Kamaru Usman defeated Rafael Dos Anjos in the main event and Usman also scored with a performance bonus.

There was no fight of the night which but Usman, Benavidez, Juan Espino and Roosevelt Roberts earned $50,000 performance bonuses.  Notably, Espino won the TUF 28 Heavyweight bout with Justin Frazier to become this season’s Ultimate Fighter.  In the other TUF event of the evening Macy Chiasson defeated Pannie Kianzad to be the women’s featherweight Ultimate Fighter.

The event took place at the intimate Pearl Theater which drew 2,020 for a gate of $204,600.

The numbers were disclosed by the UFC post-event.

Payout Perspective:

Seven stoppages on the evening which made the bonuses a little hard to choose from but also a quicker evening than usual.  Usman should be in line for a major fight after dominating the former lightweight champion.

UFC Fight Night 141 attendance and bonuses

November 24, 2018

UFC Fight Night 141 took place in Beijing, China on Saturday.  The event drew over 10,000 fans at the Cadillac Arena in Beijing.

The event featured Curtis Blaydes taking on Francis Ngannou with Ngannou breaking a two fight skid scoring an impressive first round KO of the heavyweight contender.

According to UFC officials post fight, the event drew 10,302 fans at the Cadillac Arena Saturday.

In addition, the bonuses went to Ngannou, Li Jingliang, Alex Morono and Song Kenan.  Morono and Kenan earned Fight of the Night while Jingliang won the other Performance Bonus.  Each earned an additional $50,000.

Payout Perspective:

Ngannou’s knockout lends another challenger to the heavyweight division and a sorely needed win to forget about his last two fights which were abysmal.  It was a good gate for this event as the UFC tries to make inroads into the country.

UFC Denver attendance, gate and bonuses

November 11, 2018

UFC Fight Night 139 took place at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado on Saturday night with an amazing main event as Yair Rodriguez knocked out the Korean Zombie with just 1 second left in the 5th round of their fight.  It was the celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the UFC and the fight was fitting for the occasion.

Rodriguez, who took the fight on short notice, won Performance of the Night and share the fight of the night with Chan Sung Jung.  KZ was ahead of the scorecard going into the final round but Rodriquez knocked him out with an uppercut elbow as time expired.  In addition, Donald Cerrone submitted Mike Perry with an armbar in the very first round of the co-main event.  Cerrone then brought his young son into the Octagon.

The event drew 11,426 for a live gate of $946,700 according to UFC officials post-fight.

Payout Perspective:

The last two fights of the evening were great to watch.  The throwback graphics from the 90s were a visual pleasure throughout the telecast.  Rodriguez put on a show throughout the fight with an array of unique attempts to takedown KZ.  But, living up to his name, KZ walked through most of Yair’s offense except for the last elbow.

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