UFC 245 attendance, gate and bonuses

December 15, 2019

UFC 245 took place Saturday night in Vegas at the T-Mobile Arena and the main event did not disappoint as it was the Fight of the Night.

Kamaru Usman’s 5th round stoppage of Colby Covington with under a minute in the round capped off one of the most intense, hard-hitting contests in recent memory.  Both wrestlers stayed on their fit to slug it out through 5 rounds.  The bout drew the Fight of the Night bonus for the evening.

In addition, Irene Aldana’s KO of previously unbeaten Kaitlin Viera drew a Performance Bonus.  Petr Yan’s destruction of Urijah Faber drew the other Performance Bonus of the night.

The event drew 16,811 for a gate of $4,041,119.14

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

Payout Perspective:

Undoubtedly the best fight of the night was the main event on a night with some good fights on it.  Yan’s destruction of Faber solidified him as a contender for the Bantamweight Title.  With Viera’s loss to Aldana, you have to wonder who will be the next challenger for Amanda Nunes.

UFC on ESPN 7 attendance, gate and bonuses

December 8, 2019

UFC on ESPN 7 took place on Saturday night in Washington, D.C.  Bryce Mitchell’s “twister” was a guarantee for one of the night’s bonuses.

The event drew 10,816 fans for a total gate of $932,593.20.  The event took place at Capital One Arena in D.C.

The bonuses went to Bryce Mitchell, Makhmud Muradov, Rob Font and Ricky Simon.  Each drew $50,000 bonuses.  Mitchell and Muradov earned Performance of the Night bonuses and Font and Simon drew Fight of the Night.  Font earned the win between the two bantamweights.

Payout Perspective:

 It was a good night of fights with some interesting finishes including the second twister ever in the UFC and the main event stoppage by up and coming heavyweight Jairzinho Rozenstruik.

UFC Fight Night 164 attendance and bonuses

November 16, 2019

UFC Fight Night 164, San Paolo, took place on Saturday from Ginasio do Ibirapuera in Brazil.  Jan Blachowicz won a split decision in the main event over Ronaldo Souza.

The main event was nothing to re-watch online but a reported sellout of 10,344 fans came to watch the latest event promoted by the UFC.  There was no fight of the night bonuses although Performances of the Night went to Charles Oliveira, James Krause, Ricardo Ramos and Randy Brown.  Each drew $50,000 bonuses as announced by the UFC post-event.

Payout Perspective:

Not a UFC event that was really entertaining as much of the card seem to go along slowly. The Performance Bonus winners did have really great performances deserving of the extra money.

UFC 244 attendance, gate and bonuses

November 2, 2019

UFC 244 took place Saturday night at Madison Square Garden in New York.  The event was a success drawing the second highest gate for a UFC event in the venue.

The event drew 20,143 fans for a gate of $6,575,996.19.  It was the 2nd highest gate at MSG behind the inaugural show in the arena, UFC 205.  The bonuses went to Corey Anderson, Kevin Lee, Stephen Thompson and Vincente Luque.  Thompson and Luque earned Fight of the Night and Anderson and Lee earned Performance bonuses.  All received $50,000 bonuses in addition to their fight purses.

The numbers were announced post-fight by the UFC and reported by Ariel Helwani.

Payout Perspective:

The main event was anticlimactic but the event in total was great to watch.  The promotion of the fight picked up due to the inclusion of The Rock and the news that President Trump would attend. The buzz was so big for UFC 244, that DAZN decided to hold the Canelo-Kovalev fight until the conclusion of the UFC main event.  The UFC probably did well in the PPV market due to the hype behind the main event.

UFC Singapore attendance and bonuses

October 26, 2019

UFC Singapore took place Saturday with Demian Maia submitting Ben Askren in the third round of their main event at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

Maia and Askren drew Fight of the Night of the night. In addition, Beneil Dariush earned a $50,000 Performance Bonus for his win over Frank Camacho. Also, Ciryl Gane earned a $50,000 Performance Bonus for his submission victory over Don’Tale Mayes in a heavyweight battle.

According to the UFC post-event, the event drew 7,155. There was no gate announced.

The event in Singapore, a return of sorts for Askren from his days at ONE Championship, who dominated his division while with the promotion. However, for Askren it’s the second loss in a row for the welterweight.

UFC Boston attendance, gate and bonuses

October 18, 2019

UFC on ESPN 6 took place on Friday night in Boston with the redux of Yair Rodriguez-Jeremy Stephens taking the Fight of the Night Honors.  The co-feature was the 2nd take of their showdown last month in Mexico City.

Rodriguez earned the unanimous decision victory over Stephens in the end.  In addition, Dominick Reyes made a big move forward in the light heavyweight division with a TKO victory in his matchup with former champ Chris Weidman.  Also, Charles Rosa earned a Performance bonus with a submission over Manny Bermudez.  All received the customary $50,000 apiece.

In addition, the UFC announced post-event that there were 12,066 in attendance at the TD Center for a gate of $1,124,765.

Payout Perspective:

Maycee Barber also had a Performance Bonus-worthy fight with her destruction of Gillian Robertson.  The fight between Rodriguez-Stephens was all that you had wished from their first fight in Mexico City.  As for Reyes, his win over Weidman puts a great W in his resume as he’ll move up in the UFC rankings.

UFC Copenhagen attendance, gate and bonuses

September 29, 2019

UFC Copenhagen took place on Saturday with Jarod Cannonier stopping local favorite Jack Hermansson in the second round of the night’s main event.  Cannonier took home led the performance bonus winners with upset victory over the higher-ranked middleweight.

In addition, Ovince St. Preux scored another Von Flue (shoulder) choke and earned a Performance bonus.  Also, John Phillips and Jack Shore scored $50,000 Performance Bonuses for their respective stoppages.

It was the company’s first appearance in Copenhagen and the event drew a sellout with 12,767 for a gate of $1.6 million at the Royal Arena in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Payout Perspective:

The big turnout for the company’s debut in the country reflects the continued advancement in popularity of the sport around the world.  It helps to have fighters in the region on the card that builds interest for the event.  Its clear that tapping new regions during its Fight Night events is a great way to build the sport and gain traction when promoting its brand.

UFC Mexico City bonuses

September 22, 2019

UFC Mexico City took place Saturday night with a Fight of the Night featuring strawweights Carla Esparza and Alexa Grasso.

The former inaugural women’s strawweight champion earned a majority decision in the entertaining fight that earned $50,000 for each.  Additionally, featherweight Steven Peterson’s spinning backfist of Martin Bravo earned him a Performance Bonus and maybe a KO of the year.  Also, Paul Craig earned a $50,000 bonus with a submission of Vinicius Moreira.

The main event of UFC Mexico City was disappointing after an incidental eye poke of Jeremy Stephens by Yair Rodriguez with just seconds into the first round of their fight.  Fans through objects including beer at the Octagon as they were dissatisfied with the stoppage.

Gaethje leads bonus winners from UFC Fight Night Vancouver

September 14, 2019

UFC Fight Night 158 took place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on Saturday night.  In the main event, Justin Gaethje stopped Donald Cerrone in the very first round.  Gaethje led the list of bonus winners.

Tristan Connelly and Michael Pereira won fight of the night although Connelly received both bonuses after Pereira missed weight.  Misha Cirkunov earned a Performance Bonus for his Peruvian Necktie Submission over Jimmy Crute.

Payout Perspective:

An unfortunate time to miss weight for Pereira as not only he was docked money off of his purse but he did not receive his bonus money.  Gaethje looked impressive with his stoppage of Cerrone.

Khabib leads UFC 242 bonus winners

September 7, 2019

Khabib Nurmagomedov led the bonus winners for UFC 242 from Abu Dhabi on Saturday.  The lightweight champion solidified his status as the promotion’s top fighter at 155 with his 3rd round submission of interim champion Dustin Poirier.

In addition, Ottman Azaitar, Belal Muhammad and Muslim Salikhov earned the other $50,000 bonuses for their performances.  There was no Fight of the Night.

Azaitar earned his bonus with a KO of Teemu Packalen in the first round.  Belal Muhammad defeated Takashi Sato via third round submission.  Finally, Salikhov KO’d Nordine Taleb to earn his bonus.

Payout Perspective:

There was no attendance and gate announced after the event although from the looks of the event, it was a sell-out as most fans went home happy seeing Khabib get his hand raised.

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