‘UFC 148: Silva vs. Sonnen II’ Sets U.S. Box Office Record

Written by Tom Ngo
July 31st, 2012

UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva

According to the Nevada State Athletic Commission, 15,104 fans packed MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on July 7th to witness “UFC 148: Silva vs. Sonnen II.”

The extravaganza set an American live gate record of $6,901,655.

Of the 15,104 folks in attendance, the NSAC reports 13,606 fans paid to enter the venue, while 1,498 people received complimentary tickets.

There were 64 unsold seats.

The official numbers are nearly identical to what UFC president Dana White reported during the UFC 148 post-fight press conference. White said 15,016 fans had packed the arena, generating $7 million at the door.

The pay-per-view’s featured attraction showcased the most anticipated rematch in mixed martial arts history. Middleweight king Anderson Silva (Pictured) posted a 2ndRound TKO victory over Chael Sonnen to retain his title.

“UFC 66: Liddell vs. Ortiz II” had held the top spot in the U.S. since December of 2006. That show attracted 13,761 fans for $5,397,300 at the gate. MGM Grand also hosted that bash.

The most watched live Octagon event in history took place at UFC 129. In April of last year, 55,724 screaming fanboys crammed inside the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada to generate $11.5 million at the door.

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