UFC Fight Night 116 attendance, gate and bonuses

September 18, 2017

UFC Fight Night 116 drew just 7,005 fans for the event at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  UFC officials announced the attendance and gate post-event which took place Saturday night.

In addition, the $50,000 bonuses went to Mike Perry, Uriah Hall, Gregor Gillespie and Jason Gonzalez.  Perry and Hall earned Performance Bonuses while Gillespie and Gonzalez earned Fight of the Night.

The attendance at the event was the lowest for a UFC event this year with just 7,005 fans and the gate drew $396,190.  The figures were announced post-event by the UFC.

Payout Perspective:

UFC Fight Night 112 this past June in Oklahoma City had similar attendance figures but this past Saturday’s event was the lowest gates of the year.  With Canelo-GGG on the same night as well as college football, this may have been a tough sell for the UFC.  But, this is what to expect of the lower-tier Fight Night events.

UFC 215 draws sellout

September 10, 2017

UFC 215 on Saturday was a sellout with 16,232 in attendance at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.  The event created a live gate of $2,028,307.14.

The event was headlined by Amanda Nunes and Valentina Shevchenko after the original main event of Demetirous Johnson and Ray Borg was scratched due to the challenger’s health issues.

It was the second time that the UFC made it to the province.  UFC 149, which featured Urijah Faber versus Renan Barao drew 16,089 for $4.1 million.  The UFC 149 event took place in Calgary.

Payout Perspective:

Despite the controversy with the death of Tim Hague, the UFC is willing to come back to Edmonton after a sell-out on Saturday.  The attendance reflects the popularity of the sport in the area and the gate shows that it makes business sense to return.

Mayweather-McGregor draws $55.8M gate

September 6, 2017

ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael reports that the gate for the Mayweather-McGregor fight drew $55.8 million.  The fight which took place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on August 26th.

The event came in second in total gate in Nevada to the $72 million gate of Mayweather-Pacquiao in May 2015.

Per ESPN:

There were 137 complimentary tickets given away, according to the Nevada commission. The gate was generated from the sale 13,094 tickets, far short of a sellout at an arena that could have held as many as 20,500 for the fight.

Payout Perspective:

There was a lot of high projections for the gate but the sluggish ticket sales were largely due to the astronomical prices.  Its interesting that this event did well with PPV buys but fell short in the projected gate.  $55.8 million still is much more than any other event in Nevada aside from May-Pac.

UFC Fight Night 115 attendance, gate and bonuses

September 3, 2017

MMA Junkie reports the attendance and bonuses from Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 115 from Rotterdam.

The $50,000 bonuses went to Alexander Vokov, Stefan Struve, Zabit Magomedsharipov and Mairbek Taisumov.  Volkov and Struve earned Fight of the Night and Magomedsharipov and Taisumov drew Performance bonuses.  All 3 of the fights ended with stoppages.

As for the attendance, the Fight Pass only event drew 10,224 fans for a live gate of $900,000 per the UFC post-event.  The UFC’s previous event in The Netherlands drew 10,421 for a gate of slightly over $1.5M.

Payout Perspective:

Struve was the headliner for the event and fell short to Volkov in a very good heavyweight matchup.  The event scored about the same in gate and attendance.  The debut event of UFC Fight Night 87 featured Alistair Overeem which may have been a bigger draw for the Dutch crowd.

The Money Fight does not sell out, draws 14,623

August 27, 2017

The T-Mobile Arena did not sell out for The Money Fight as it was reported that 14,623 were in attendance for Mayweather-McGregor.  However, it may come close to beating the gate of $72 million set by Mayweather-Pacquiao.

The capacity at the venue is 20,000.  With astronomical ticket prices, most stayed away from attending and stuck to watching it on PPV.

According to Floyd Mayweather after the fight, the gate was $80 million although that has not been confirmed.

Payout Perspective:

The huge ticket prices were a deterrent for many to attend in person.  Despite pricing many out of attending, one has to think that it comes close to a $72 million gate.  It’s amazing that there is a market despite the negatives about the fight and the dud that was Mayweather-Pacquiao.

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.

PFL Everett: Shields tops salaries; slightly over 3K in attendance

July 31, 2017

MMA Payout has obtained the attendance, gate and payouts from PFL Everett held in Everett, Washington on Saturday night.  Jake Shields led the roster of salaries with $100,000.

Shields soundly defeated Danny Davis, Jr. and earned $50,000 to show and a $50,000 win bonus.  UFC veteran Yushin Okami earned $50,000 total ($25,000 plus $25,000 win) for his win on the show.

According to the Washington State Department of Licensing, there were 489 paid tickets with 2,542 comps.  The total attendance was 3,031 with a gross gate revenue of $19,444.  The PFL held a promotion where U.S. veterans were given free entrance which might account for the number of comps.

Per the Washington State Department of Licensing the rest of the purses are as follows:

Punahele Soriano $1,000 ($1,000 win bonus) = $2,000 def Jon Gover $1,000 to show

Miles Hunsinger $3,000 ($3,000 win bonus) = $6,000 def Andy Nigretto $1,000

Jared Torgeson $2,000 ($2,000 win bonus) = $4,000 def Dale Sopi $3,000

Louis Taylor $8,000 ($8,000 win bonus) = $16,000 def Zach Conn $4,500

Luiz Firmino Carvalho $17,000 ($17,000 win bonus) = $34,000 def Eddy Ellis $5,000

Jared Rosholt $16,000 ($16,000 win bonus) =$32,000 def Nick Rossborough $6,000

Josh Copeland $10,000 ($10,000 win bonus) = $20,000 def Mike Kyle $15,000

Bruno Santos $8,000 ($8,000 win bonus ) = $16,000 def Rex Harris $7,000

Jake Shields $50,000 ($50,00 win bonus) = $100,000 def Danny Davis, Jr. $10,000

Yushin Okami $25,000 ($25,000 win bonus) = $50,000 def Andre Lobato $5,000

Andre Harrison $17,000 ($17,000 win bonus) = $34,000 def Steven Rodriguez $5,000

Payout Perspective:

The total reported salaries for PFL Everett came to $376,500.  Harrison, the main event earned as much as Carvalho, who was on the prelim show.  Shields and Okami, as expected earned the most.  The gate was more than I expected although I thought there were more paid attendance.  But with the veteram promotion and UFC 214 the same night (even though you could have gotten home to watch the co and main events) the number of paid attending seems very low.

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.

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