Although last night’s UFC Fight Night 18 event was officially announced as a sell out, it appears that due to the seating configuration only 10,267 fans actually packed into the 20,000-seat arena, earning a live gate of $626,077. Regardless, the UFC set a new Fight Night attendance record.
Before last year, the UFC held their Fight Night events inside of the smaller 5,000-seat venues in Las Vegas, Nevada. However since their ventures away from The Strip, they have generated much larger crowds in cites that are dying for UFC action.
Fans inside of the Sommet Center in Nashville, Tennessee witnessed Martin Kampmann edge out a close split decision over former WEC welterweight champ Carlos Condit.
Here are the Top 5 Fight Night attendance numbers in UFC history:
1. UFC Fight Night 18 (Nashville, Tennessee): 10,267
2. UFC Fight Night 15 (Omaha, Nebraska): 9,103
3. UFC Fight Night 16 (Fayetteville, North Carolina): 8,500*
4. UFC Fight Night 17 (Tampa, Florida): 7,596
5. UFC Fight Night 13 (Broomfield, Colorado): 6,742
* – The event was held for military personnel, who received free tickets. This is an approximate number, however nowhere near the top slot.