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.

Adesanya tops bonus winners as UFC 243 draws new attendance record

October 5, 2019

UFC 243 took place at Marvel Stadium on Saturday with the main event featuring Robert Whittaker fighting Israel Adesanya for the UFC middleweight title.  The event saw a new record for attendance with over 57,000 in attendance.

UFC officials announced attendance at 57,127 with a gate of $5,470,000.  Bonus winners for Saturday included Adesanya with his 2nd round stoppage of the former champion, Yorgan de Castro who had a sharp KO of Justin Tafa.  Brad Riddell and Jamie Mullarkey earned Fight of the Night Honors with a brutal back and forth fight that saw Riddell win via unanimous decision.

Payout Perspective:

The attendance and gate are a testament to how popular the sport is in Melbourne.   The previous record was at UFC 193 with 56,214 fans at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.  That card saw Ronda Rousey lose to Holly Holm for the first time in November 2015.  This fight card was stacked with fighters from the region and topped by Whittaker and Adesanya.  The fans saw a great matchup which unified the middleweight title and Adesanya showed why he is now at the top of the food chain in the division.

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