On Tuesday, the Nevada State Athletic Commission announced “UFC 126: Silva vs. Belfort” attracted 9,667 fans inside the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The February 5th show garnered the company a cool $3,605,725 at the gate.
The NSAC confirmed there was a total of 1,226 complimentary tickets issued for the event, with only 18 seats going unsold at the box office. Because the extravaganza served as the Super Bowl’s opening act, the amount of comps were slightly more limited than usual.
The world’s premier MMA organization also sold 2,289 tickets to their live closed-circuit viewing at the Mandalay Bay, earning them an additional $45,100 in revenue.
Middleweight king Anderson Silva unleashed the front kick heard ‘round the world on Vitor Belfort in the card’s featured attraction. The Steven Seagal-inspired strike earned “The Spider” his eighth consecutive title defense.
Jon Jones also earned a shot at the light heavyweight crown with his victory over Ryan Bader earlier in the evening. The youngster moves on to challenge Mauricio “Shogun” Rua for his belt at UFC 128.