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“UFC 104: Machida vs. Shogun” Draws 16,000 Fans at Staples Center

Written by Tom Ngo
October 24th, 2009
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Although the UFC handed out over 3,300 free tickets, company president Dana White believes that Saturday night’s UFC 104 was a success. It was the UFC’s first show in Los Angeles since May of 2006, and it will be a memorable one as the night’s main event remains marred in controversy.

Although the numbers are unofficial, White said at the UFC 104 post-fight presser that 16,000 fans packed Staples Center on Saturday night, garnering them another impressive gate of $1.9 million.

The official numbers will be certified by the California State Athletic Commission within the coming days.

On Thursday, White told the media they had handed out AT LEAST 3,300 gratis tickets during his nationwide Twitter ticket giveaway tour. The Staples Center’s stadium-like size and a sinking economy certainly played roles in their generous ways.

The event was announced as a “Sell-out,” however I guess that depends on how you look at it.

UFC champ Lyoto Machida took a controversial unanimous decision over Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in the night’s final bout.  His first successful title defense bumped his pro mark to a perfect 16-0.

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