The Nevada State Athletic Commission released the final attendance and live gate figures for July 3rd’s blockbuster UFC 116 event, which featured the heavyweight title unification bout between Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin.
According to MMAJunkie.com, UFC 116 pulled in 12,740 fans into the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Independence Weekend, generating a cool $4,053,990 at the gate.
Of those 12,740 tickets, 9,218 were sold and 3,522 were given out as “comps” to the high-rollers and celebrities sitting Octagon-side.
Surprisingly, the highly anticipated and heavily promoted event produced 2,194 unsold seats.
Billed as “The Biggest Heavyweight Bout in History,” the fight lived up to the hype in the eyes of many. Carwin had beaten and battered Lesnar like nobody else before him and the bout was in serious jeopardy of being stopped early.
Lesnar miraculously survived the 1stRound onslaught and was able to secure a 2ndRound submission victory to unify the heavyweight crown.
Carwin later admitted that his body had “seized up” after his early barrage and he suffered what felt like a “body cramp” entering the second stanza. The challenger was taken to the hospital following the bout for precautionary reasons and thankfully he checked out fine. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to leave Las Vegas with the title.