Although most UFC fans felt a deep sense of disappointment at the conclusion of this past Saturday’s UFC 93 event, the organization’s president, Dana White, considers it among one of the top promotions that they have ever held. Given that there was not one title bout on the card, or even a top contender bout for that matter, White still feels that their first event in Ireland ranks among their top three ever.
“Tonight was an amazing event,” White stated at the UFC 93 post-fight press conference. “I was just saying to these guys, pound for pound probably one of the best arenas and best crowds we’ve ever been to.”
In addition to the lack of blockbuster talent that was on the card, the event was also televised LIVE here in the U.S. at 3PM ET/12PM PT, when many are just barley crawling out of bed after enjoying the previous night’s festivities.
“The three that stand out for me – Montreal, 22,000 seats sold, the crowd was absolutely insane, the whole three days that we were there was crazy. The other one is Columbus, OH the first time we ever went, 18,000 people, crowd was absolutely insane,” White stated.
Oddly enough, two out of the three events that White mentioned occurred in foreign territory, and none of them were held in Las Vegas, Nevada, the Mecca of MMA fighting.
“9,500 people here tonight and one of the most energetic, incredible crowds I’ve ever been a part of,” White added. “It was an amazing night. The fights were great, everybody came out and really fought their hearts out for these fans here in Ireland. We knew how excited they were for the UFC to be here and they were excited to be a part of this fight too.”