UFC 237 attendance and bonuses

May 13, 2019

UFC 237 took place Saturday night in Brazil with Jessica Andrade coming away as the big winner as the new women’s bantamweight champion as well as earning two bonuses.

Andrade’s slam on Rose Namajunas earned her a Performance Bonus.  She also drew another $50,000 bonus for Fight of the Night.  Receiving the other bonus of the night was Warlly Alves as he KO’d Sergio Moraes.

The event drew 15,193 fans at the Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. As with most Brazilian UFC events, no gate was announced.

Payout Perspective:

In addition to the main event and Alves, I’d have to say that the Early Prelims were equally entertaining with impressive wins by Raoni Barcelos and Viviane Araujo as well as a FOTN candidate between flyweights Luana Carolina and Priscilla Cachoeira.  The last UFC PPV from Rio was the Amanda Nunes-Raquel Pennington event from May 2018 which drew 10,696.

UFC on ESPN + 9 attendance, gate and bonuses

May 5, 2019

UFC on ESPN +9 took place in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on Saturday night. Once again, Donald Cerrone drew another bonus for his performance in defeating Al Iaquinta in the main event.

Cerrone and Iaquinta drew Fight of the Night honors while Walt Harris and Macy Chiasson earned Performance Bonuses for their stoppages on Saturday.

The event drew 10,960 fans for $807,000 U.S. Dollars according to the UFC post-event. The event took place from the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Payout Perspective:

The event attendance rivals that of the UFC’s last visit to Ottawa in June 2016. The Canadian fans showed up once again for this Fight Night-level card. This event showed that Cerrone is ready for a top-notch main event and could be in line for Conor McGregor next.

UFC on ESPN +8 attendance, gate and bonuses

April 28, 2019

UFC on ESPN +8 took place at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida on Saturday night.  Mike Perry and Alex Oliveira entertained winning the Fight of the Night.

The two welterweights entertained inside and outside of the Octagon as the two danced their way down the aisle prior to the fight.  Perry won the decision in a highly entertaining fight.  Also receiving $50,000 bonuses were Glover Teixeira and Jim Miller for their Performances on Saturday night.

The event in Fort Lauderdale drew 12,754 fans for a gate of $1,209,654.09.

Payout Perspective:

The UFC last visited Fort Lauderdale in 2012 for UFC on FX 3 with Demetrious Johnson taking on Ian McCall.  The number in attendance this time around doubled from their initial event 7 years ago.  The main event saw Jack Hermansson defeating Jacare Souza in a middleweight contender matchup.

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.

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