During last night’s “UFC Fight Night 17” post-fight press conference, it was announced that 7,596 fans packed into the nearly-sold out USF Sun Dome in Tampa, Florida, earning the organization a live gate of approximately $428,000.
It was the UFC’s first-ever promotion in Tampa, and those in attendance were treated to a night when all but one of the bouts were finished before the final bell.
In the night’s featured bout, Joe Lauzon caught Jeremy Stephens in an arm bar submission in the 2ndRound of their exciting matchup. Lauzon’s craftiness earned him an extra $30,000 for Submission of the Night honors.
The UFC may be a little disappointed with the night’s attendance and gate revenue, as it is reported that the USF Sun Dome can hold 10,000 fans at full capacity.
In addition, “UFC Fight Night 15” was held at the the Omaha Civic Auditorium in Omaha, Nebraska, drawing in approximately 7,000 fans for a gate of $700,000.
“UFC Fight Night 16 – Fight for the Troops” was held at North Carolina’s Crown Coliseum, it was believed to be a free admission event for the military men and women serving at Fort Bragg.