The Nevada State Athletic Commission has officially confirmed that 10,871 fans packed into the Mandalay Bay Event Center in Las Vegas to witness UFC 100. The event marks the organization’s second largest grosser as 9,793 paid tickets tallied a live gate of $5,128,490.
Although UFC 100 went down as the most hyped show in mixed martial arts history, it still fell short of the light heavyweight rematch between then-champ Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz at UFC 66 back in December of 2006. However, that event was held inside Vegas’ MGM Grand Arena, which houses a few thousand more seats than Mandalay Bay.
“Liddell vs. Ortiz II” attracted 12,191 fans to earn a company record gate of $5,397,300.
The UFC 100 gate figure does not include an additional $312,800 from the 6,256 fans who purchased tickets to watch a closed-circuit feed of the historic event at viewing parties in Las Vegas and New York City.
UFC 100, one of the deepest cards the organization has ever put together, included four dark matches that would have easily been on the televised portion of any other UFC pay-per-view broadcast, three bouts worthy of being the night’s main event, two title tilts and a partridge in a pear tree.
UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar dominated interim champ Frank Mir to unify the strap in the night’s featured bout. Although Lesnar was impressive during his fight, it paled in comparison to the circus act he hosted immediately following.
That fiasco included flipping off the fans, taunting a battered and bloodied opponent and dissing one of the UFC’s biggest sponsors – whose logo just happened to be plastered in the center of the same Octagon he just fought in.
UFC welterweight king Georges St-Pierre has participated in three of the UFC’s five largest earners, including UFC 100 where he thrashed Thiago Alves to earn a unanimous decision.
Here are the UFC’s Top 5 promotions in their 16-year history:
1. UFC 66 (Liddell vs. Ortiz II): $5,397,300 gate (12,191 attendance)
2. UFC 100 (Lesnar vs. Mir II): $5,128,490 gate (10,871 attendance)
3. UFC 83 (St-Pierre vs. Serra II): $5,100,000 gate (21,390 attendance)
4. UFC 79 (St-Pierre vs. Hughes): $4,994,050 gate (9,704 attendance)
5. UFC 91 (Couture vs. Lesnar): $4,815,675 gate (13,224 attendance)