August 23, 2014
MMA Junkie reports that UFC Fight Night 49 in Tulsa, Oklahoma drew 7,119 and a live gate of $452,075. The figures were announced at the post-event press conference. In addition, Rafael dos Anjos heads the list of bonus winners for UFC Fight Night 49 on Saturday night from Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Dos Anjos scored the bonus with an upset victory via first round KO of Benson Henderson. In addition, Jordan Mein, Thales Leites and Ben Saunders scored “Performance of the Night” bonuses. For the second time today, no “Fight of the Night” award was given out.
(H/t: MMA Junkie).
The attendance and gate did not reveal the number of comps. The Bok Center, where the event was held, holds up to 19,199 although the configuration for the UFC event was not revealed. The event outdrew UFC Fight Night 48 by 97.
The returning Saunders showed us that the Eddie Bravo “mission control” technique works with the first ever oomaplata submission as he subbed Chris Heatherly. The attendance for both events fared better than last weekend’s UFC Fight Night 47. UFC FN 49’s attendance and gate is lower than June’s regional fight nights in New Mexico and San Antonio but appears to be par for the course with these events.
August 23, 2014
There was no Fight of the Night bonuses although 4 fighters received the $50,000 Performance bonuses: Michael Bisping, Tyron Woodley, Alberto Mina and Yuta Sasaki.
In addition, attendance was announced at the post-fight press conference although no gate was revealed. UFC officials declared the event at The Venetian Macao’s CotaiArena a sellout with 7,022 in attendance.
As indicated by Junkie, there were two other events held at the CotaiArena. Notably, the last 2 were this year and no gate was reported.
UFC on Fuel TV 6 – November 2012 8,415/$1.4 million gate
UFC Fight Night 48 – August 2014 7,022
TUF China Finale – March 2014 6,000
It’s interesting that the trend is that gate tallies are not being announced for international shows. Although considered a sellout, UFC Fight Night did not have as many in attendance as it did in November 2012. This could be a seat configuration issue. There were some good individual efforts on the card but nothing FOTN worthy.
August 17, 2014
MMA Junkie reports the attendance, gate and bonuses from Saturday’s Fight Night event from Maine. Dana White announced the information during the post-fight press conference.
For its first trip to Maine, the UFC drew 5,329 for a gate of $321, 470. No comps were mentioned. The event took place at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, Maine. According to its web site, the venue can hold up to 8,000.
Bonuses went to Tim Boetsch, Thiago Tavares, Alan Jouban and Seth Baczynski. Each earned $50,000 each.
Boetsch and Thiago Tavares earned the Performance of the Night honors with the former defeating Brad Tavares with a third round KO. Jouban and Baczynski won Fight of the Night despite it lasting only 1 round.
The event attendance was comparable to UFC FN 45 in Atlantic City (4,115/no gate announced). Based on the attendance and gate alone, this may be seen as a disappointment if you compare it to how UFC FN 44 in San Antonio (9,227/$728K gate) and UFC FN 42 in Albuquerque (8,775/$697K). The UFC is trying to expand its market to regions it has yet to visit and it is discovering where not to return. One might argue that ratings on FS1 will matter more than the gate but its still something to take note.
July 26, 2014
Matt Brown and Robbie Lawler won for Fight of the Night while Dennis Bermudez and Anthony Johnson won performance bonuses. Bermudez submitted Clay Guida and Johnson KO’d Lil’ Nog. All of the fighters received the standard $50,000 each.
Attendance at the SAP Center in San Jose, California drew 11,482 fans for a live gate of $735,317. The attendance and gate were announced at the post-fight press conference.
While the attendance and gate did not match up to UFC on Fox 11 in Orlando, it still was a respectable figure which fell in line with the UFC on Fox 9 and 10. The UFC couldn’t ask for more with the Fight of the Night being the main event and getting a submission and a quick KO on the main card. It was a good variety of everything for the show. We will see if this equates to ratings. The last two summer cards have averaged 2.3 million viewers.
July 20, 2014
MMA Junkie reports that UFC Fight Night 46 was a sellout with an attendance of 9,500 for a gate of $1.4 million. The event took place at The O2 in Dublin, Ireland and featured Conor McGregor.
With the attendance and gate figures, it comes in second to UFC Fight Night 37 in London in terms of non-PPV events for 2014. The last time the UFC came to Dublin, UFC 93 drew 9,369 for a gate of $1.3 million. That card was headlined by Rich Franklin vs. Dan Henderson.
The attendance and gate is good news for the UFC as it seeks to expand its global footprint. Now, the UFC has a bona fide star it can market to the region in McGregor. It should be able to build on this when it returns. There was debate as to whether this card should have been on FOX versus Fight Pass. Certainly, when you think of the domestic impact of putting it on network TV, McGregor would help with the marketing for the UFC. Then again, if the UFC is seeking to build its digital network with Fight Pass and expand internationally, this card definitely helps.
July 17, 2014
It was announced at the post-fight press conference that attendance at UFC Fight Night 45 was 4,115. No gate was available at the time. The event took place at the Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City.
The $50,000 bonuses were as follows:
Fight of the Night: John Lineker-Alptekin Ozkilic
Performance bonuses: Donald Cerrone, Lucas Martins
The last Wednesday show was from Duluth, Georgia at UFC Fight Night 35 in January. It drew 5,822 for a gate of $231,951. Although no gate was announced we may assume that it was comparable, if not lower than UFC FN 35. It was an entertaining night of fights with Cerrone scoring another bonus check with a headkick on Jim Miller. It’s his fourth straight bonus check and 10th overall in the UFC (including Fight of the Night, Performance, KO and Sub).
July 7, 2014
The TUF 19 Finale drew 6,500 for a gate of $835,000. The gate doubled that of the TUF 18 Finale which was held at the same venue. As is custom now, no comps were revealed.
Bonuses were $50,000 each and were as follows:
Fight of the Night: Leandro Issa – Jumabieke Tuerxun
Performances of the Night: Adriano Martins and Issa
Issa doubles up for his performance against Tuerxun. Martins scored a KO over Juan Manuel Puig to earn his bonus.
The TUF 19 Finale was aided by the fact that it was International Fight Week and there were ticket discounts for those that bought tickets to the UFC Fan Expo. It also helped that BJ Penn was on the card. The bonuses could have been given to the TUF winners Eddie Gordon and Corey Anderson. It’s ironic that the last two fights for TUF 19 were the two most exciting the whole season.
July 5, 2014
The numbers announced at the post-fight press conference had the attendance at 10,044 for a gate of $4.4 million. As always, no comps were released. Notably, UFC 170, which was the last event at the Mandalay Bay had 10,127 in attendance for a gate of $1.4 million. Earlier in the week, Dana White had estimated a gate of $5 million.
Bonuses for the night were as follows:
Lyoto Machida-Chris Weidman – Fight of the Night
Ronda Rousey – Performance of the Night
Rob Font – Performance of the Night
Each received $50,000 bonuses.
Despite not meeting the $5M mark, $4.4 million is a respectable figure especially for the Mandalay Bay. Obviously, the high ticket prices contributed to the enormous gate. It’s interesting that White again was off on his prediction for the gate at the Mandalay Bay. For UFC 170, White predicted a $2 million gate. As for the bonuses, Urijah Faber and Kevin Casey could have made a case for bonus as well.
MMA Payout will have more on UFC 175 in its Payout Perspective.
July 3, 2014
Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports reports that UFC 175 will do a gate of $5 million as well as provide an economic impact of $175 million for the city of Las Vegas.
It will be the most expensive ticket of 2014 for the UFC and if Dana White’s estimate is correct, it would be the sixth-largest UFC gate in Nevada history. This would eclipse UFC 79 (GSP-Hughes, $4.9M) from December 2007 and be right behind UFC 100 (Lesnar-Mir, $5.1M). Both of these fights took place at the Mandalay Bay which is smaller than the MGM.
In addition, the Iole article referred to a Las Vegas analyst estimating that UFC weekend in Vegas would have an economic impact of $175 million.
As we indicated a couple days ago, the tickets for this event will likely be the hottest and most expensive this year. With fewer seats, there is more demand for this event. As for the economic impact estimate, it seems like a high number despite running two events and having the UFC Expo the same weekend. Last year I had ask the tourism board about estimates on attendance and they did not know. There are a lot of ancillary things going on in Vegas this weekend (and every weekend for that matter) so maybe the estimates include these things. Obviously, travel, hotel and food may be included in this study. Still, the estimate is high. Perhaps they chose $175M to match UFC 175.
June 29, 2014
UFC Fight Night 44 drew 9,227 for a gate of $728,358. No comps were announced.
In addition, the bonuses of $50,000 each were awarded and are as follows:
Fight of the Night: Cub Swanson-Jeremy Stephens
Performance of the Night: Ray Borg, Carlos Diego Ferreira
Saturday night’s UFC event outdrew Saturday morning’s UFC event by just over 1,000 fans. It was one of the biggest Fight Nights this year with only UFC Fight Night 37 (14,604) drawing more.