The UFC’s debut in the City of Brotherly love was a smashing success. “UFC 101: Declaration” packed 17,411 screaming fans into the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, PA for a record $3.55 million gate.
UFC president Dana White made the record-breaking announcement during Saturday night’s UFC 101 post-fight presser.
The gate is a combat-sports record for Pennsylvania and according to White, nearly 11,000 fans were in their seats for the night’s first preliminary fight, 14,500 were seated for the beginning of the main card, and the rest of the crowd filled in for the night’s main attractions.
“Philly’s a big, big fight town,” White said.
Phanatics played witness to some vintage Anderson Silva as the middleweight king knocked out Forrest Griffin in a light heavyweight contest. Also, BJ Penn successfully defended his lightweight title against Kenny Florian in the night’s featured bout.