Wilder-Ortiz2 attendance, gate and purses

December 5, 2019

The Nevada Athletic Commission disclosed the attendance, gate and purses for last Saturday’s fight featuring the second fight between Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz.

The event drew 9,129 for a gate of $4,063,141.50 with 7,403 sold and 1,726 comps.

Via NAC:

Deontay Wilder: $3M
Luis Ortiz: $1.5M

Brandon Figueroa: $200,000
Julio Ceja: $50,000

Leo Santa Cruz: $750,000
Miguel Flores: $100,000

Leduan Barthelemy: $10,000
Eduardo Ramirez: $5,000

Arnold Alejandro: $7,000
Jhon Gemino: $8,000

Jose Manuel Gomez: $7,000
Daniel Placeres: $7,000

Viktor Slavinskyi: $7,000
Rigoberto Hermosillo: $8,000

Angel Alejandro: $6,000
Mark John Yap: $6,500

Omar Juarez: $6,000
Kevin Shacks: $4,500

Marsellos Wilder: $5,000
Dustin Long: $4,500

Vito Mielniki, Jr.: $4,000
Marklin Bailey: $3,000

Shon Mondragon: $5,000
Juan Centeno: $4,000

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.

Attendance, gate and payouts from Canelo Kovalev

November 12, 2019

The Nevada Athletic Commission disclosed its payout sheet from last weekend’s Canelo Alvarez-Sergey Kovalev fight. It also disclosed the attendance and gate which shows over 10,000 fans in attendance.

Per the Nevada Athletic Commission:

11/02/19 Canelo v. Alvarez
Gate $8,173,920.00
Sold 10,005
Comps 1,643

Sergey Kovalev $3 M
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez $35M

Ryan Garcia $250,000
Romero Duno $50,000

Seneisa Estrada $50,000
Marlen Esparza $50,000

Blair Cobbs $20,000
Carlos Ortiz Cervantes $5,000

Tristan Kalkreuth $5,000
Twon Smith $2,000

Beklemir Melikuzlev $10,000
Clay Collard $12,000

Evan Holyfield $4,000
Nick Winstead $2,500

Bakhram Murtazaliev $55,000
Jorge Sales $20,000

Meiirim Nursultanov $12,500
Cristian Olivas $12,000

Notably, Evander Holyfield’s son made his debut and earned $4,000 in a win over Nick Winstead.  Also Ryan Garcia earned $250,000 in a first round KO of Romero Duno.  I should also note that the payout from Kovalev does not include additional guarantees secured for the fight.

UFC Moscow attendance and gate

November 10, 2019

UFC on ESPN +21 took place in Moscow on Saturday with the main event drawing a Fight of the Night bonus.

Zabit Magomedsharipov’s win over Calvin Kattar drew Fight of the Night Honors.  In addition Magomed Ankalaev’s front kick stoppage of Dalcha Lungiambula drew a Performance Bonus.  David Zawada’s upset victory over Abubakar Nurmagomedov took home the other $50,000 bonus.

The event took place at the CSKA Arena in Moscow and drew 11,305 fans.  The event was the second-highest attended event since the UFC started to hold events in the country last year.  No gate was announced.

UFC Fight Night 136, September 2018:  22,603

UFC on ESPN +21, November 2019: 11,305

UFC on ESPN + 7, April 2019: 7,236

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 244 ticket demand highest since July

October 30, 2019

Ticket demand for this week’s UFC 244 event in New York is running fairly high as of Wednesday with the secondary market at its highest since July’s UFC 239

According to secondary market ticket vendor SeatGeek, the get-in price for the showdown between Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal is $266 per seat with the average ticket being $439.  Notably, the average resale price for UFC 241, the last time Diaz fought was $314.

The event takes place at New York’s Madison Square Garden and promises to be at capacity with many stars in attendance as well as President Donald Trump.

The last time that prices on the secondary market have been this high was UFC 239 in Las Vegas when Jon Jones fought Thiago Santos in the main event.  You might recall that Masvidal appeared on the undercard when he recorded the fastest KO in UFC History over Ben Askren.  The average ticket resold for that event was $547.

Notably, SeatGeek indicates that prices have fallen 15% over the last two weeks.

In comparison, the get-in price for the Canelo Alvarez-Sergey Kovalev fight taking place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas is $293 with an average resale price of $688.

Payout Perspective:

The ticket demand has fallen, yet there is still a lot of people clamoring to watch the fight.  One might think there would be a downtick in pricing with extra security for the President.  There’s also the New York Marathon the next day so a lot of people will be in town.  Still, the event will probably be at capacity with a record gate (although secondary market will not be accounted for) for a UFC event at MSG.  As for Canelo-Kovalev, the ticket demand seems about right although one might expect these prices to go down as well.


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.

CSAC discloses Spence-Porter attendance and gate

October 25, 2019

The California State Athletic Commission released the attendance and gate figures from the Errol Spence-Shawn Porter fight on September 27th at The Staples Center.

The event drew 17,119 in attendance with 12,671 paying for a gross total of $1,257,155.  After payments made to the commission including $100,000 for a live gate fee and another $35,000 for radio/TV tax, the event netted $2,139,793.67.

According to the breakdown of admission prices, 274 people purchased $1,000 seats.  The biggest selling ticket prices was the $75 seats which drew 2,726 to purchase followed by the $125 seats which had 2,329 purchase them.

Payout Perspective:

Most boxing fans see this as good for boxing with over 12,000 fans buying tickets as you can infer that it elevates Errol Spence as a star.  Even with over 4,300 who did not pay, the capacity to watch the PPV event was big.  For boxing, where there really is just one fight to look forward too, paying between $75-125 for a seat at the event has to be seen as a win for the promotion.

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 243 Payout Perspective

October 7, 2019

Welcome to another episode of Payout Perspective.  This time we take a look at UFC 243 from Melbourne, Australia where the company drew another attendance record and saw Israel Adesanya claim the UFC middleweight title.

Adesanya is King of the Middleweights

The matchup that sold this event, Robert Whittaker versus Israel Adesanya was determined a pick’em by gambling experts.  But, “The Last Stylebender” used his reach and movement to win exchanges with Whittaker and eventually dropped the former champ with a right which sent him to the canvas to be finished.  Coming off of an 18 month absence from the Octagon, Whittaker looked solid but was outmatched by Adesanya’s ability to move in and out.

Adesanya likely gets Paula Costa who was sitting front row at the event.  Costa is a big middleweight and will be a test for Adesanya who will have to rely on his kickboxing skills to avoid the power of the Brazilian.

Attendance, gate and bonuses

The event at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne drew 57,125 with a gate of $5,470,000.  The capacity broke the previous record in Melbourne at UFC 193 in November 2015.  The attendance and gate are impressive considering this event was based on one fight.  Yet, the main event between Whittaker and Adesanya was a dual between two fighters from Australia and New Zealand.  It also featured several fighters from Australia and nearby New Zealand.

The bonuses saw Adesanya, Yorgan de Castro, Brad Riddell and Jamie Mullarkey earned the honors.  Adesanya and de Castro won per their stoppages.  Riddell and Mullarkey had a brutal fight which earned Fight of the Night Honors and saw Riddell earn the victory.

Reebok Compliance Payouts

Adesanya and Whittaker received $40,000 payouts as they were both considered champions here.


TAB, a sports betting outfit, was touted as the presenting sponsor for UFC 243.  Its logo was visible in the Octagon as well as on the official Reebok wear.

UFC sponsors in the Octagon for UFC 243 included TAB, Nemiroff, Air Asia, Monster Energy and Circle K, Devour and P3.  Also, Bisley workwear, which has been in the UFC octagon in the past, was on the mat.  Also notable, Etoro, a social trading and multi-asset brokerage company that includes the trade of cryptocurrencies was in the Octagon.  Finally, Doom Eternal is an upcoming video game that will be released this November.

Toyo Tires sponsored the post-fight interviews and P3 sponsored the post-fight bonuses

They included cartoon-type posters for Whittaker-Adesanya since it was Marvel Stadium.

MetroPCS had the tale of the tape.  Nemiroff presented the co-main event of Hooker-Iaquinta.

Motel 6 sponsored the UFC Embedded episodes.

Bixler, another UFC sponsor, gave out rings to participants.  Adesanya was seen trying on his ring on a UFC Embedded.

Odds and ends

Obviously, the Adesanya dance routine prior to the fight was something not seen in UFC Championship walkouts in the past.

In a unique move, Dhiego Lima is seeking to overturn the scorecards in his split decision victory Saturday.  In all reality, Lima dominated the entire fight and even the announcers were laughing as to how a judge could have missed that the fight was Lima’s.

New Zealander Dan Hooker did some local media to promote UFC 243.

For some reason, Paul Pierce was on an episode of Embedded and met with Israel Adesanya.

Al Iaquinta wore an American Ethanol t-shirt while training for his fight against Dan Hooker.  Perhaps still a sponsor or maybe just an old shirt from the former sponsor in the UFC.

In perhaps some synergy, Robert Whittaker wore a Doom shirt during episode 1 of Embedded.  The video game was a sponsor for UFC 243.  Whittaker professed his love of gaming as we saw him playing the game.

There were over 1 million google searches for UFC 243 on Saturday night.  Notably, GGG’s fight Saturday night drew over 100,000 google searches.


With 1 million google searches, UFC 243 drew a good share of interest for Saturday.  While the overall card may not have enticed the usual casual fan, a great deal of interest was on the middleweight battle between Adesanya and Whittaker.  I would think that the show grabs 275,000 PPV buys.

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