According to the Nevada State Athletic Commission, 15,650 fans packed the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on December 28 to witness “UFC 168: Weidman vs. Silva II.”
The show garnered a live gate of $6,238,792.50, the second largest for the UFC. “UFC 148: Silva vs. Sonnen 2″ retains the top spot at $6,901,655. “UFC 167: St-Pierre vs. Hendricks” comes in third with $5,759,350.
Of the 15,650 folks in attendance, the NSAC reports 14,574 fans paid to enter the venue, while 1,076 people received complimentary tickets.
There were no unsold seats.
The official numbers are practically identical to what UFC president Dana White reported during the UFC 168 post-fight press conference. White accurately said 15,650 fans had packed the arena, but slightly shortchanged the door at $6.2 million.
The pay-per-view’s featured attraction showcased a bout between middleweight champion Chris Weidman and Anderson Silva (pictured). Weidman made his first successful title defense when he snapped Silva’s left shin in two by after checking a leg kick in the second round.