The official attendance and revenue numbers for this weekend’s “WEC 48: Aldo vs. Faber” event are in and they aren’t quite as spectacular as originally announced.
According to the California State Athletic Commission, 12,555 paid attendees packed the Arco Arena in Sacramento, CA to witness featherweight champ Jose Aldo unleash a vicious barrage of kicks to Urijah Faber’s left thigh.
The WEC’s first pay-per-view event garnered a total of $792,640 in live gate receipts.
These numbers are noticeably different from the preliminary ones announced at the post-fight press conference. There, it was reported 14,144 fans attended the show, earning the organization $1 million in gate receipts.
The highly anticipated card also ranks second among all WEC events. “WEC 41: Brown vs. Faber II,” which also took place inside Arco Arena, remains the promotion’s top dog. That June 2009 extravaganza attracted 13,027 fans for a live gate of $815,415.
Here are the WEC’s Top Five moneymaking shows, courtesy of MMAJunkie.com:
$815,415: WEC 41 (June 2009, Arco Arena)
$792,640: WEC 48 (April 2010, Arco Arena)
$738,855: WEC 34 (June 2008, Arco Arena)
$550,000: WEC 46 (January 2010, Arco Arena)
$486,324: WEC 38 (January 2009, San Diego Sports Arena)