UFC 110 draws 17,831 spectators; Lytle, Velasquez, Sotiropoulos and Stevenson get bonusesPosted on February 21, 2010, 04:12 AM by Anton Gurevich
Ultimate Fighting Championship management declared that the promotion's first ever event in Australia, UFC 110: Nogueira vs Velasquez, 17,831 attendees to Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia, for a reported $2.5 million gate receipt. These numbers make UFC 110 the most successful event outside North America, beating UFC 105: Vera vs Couture in Manchester, England.
Meanwhile, UFC 110 victors Chris Lytle, Cain Velasquez, George Sotiropoulos and Joe "Daddy" Stevenson earned additional $50k bonus to their purse, for their fantastic performances in the event. Chris Lytle earned the "Submission of the Night" award for his vicious knee-bar that left Brian Foster screaming in pain, as the George Sotiropoulos and Joe Stevenson earned "Fight of the Night" award for entertaining the Australian crowd with extraordinary grappling techniques.
Finally, the main-eventer Cain Velasquez proved critics wrong with a devastating combo that dropped the legendary Minotauro Nogueira in a classic "Knockout of the Night" fashion. Cain Velasquez earned his place in line for a shot at Brock Lesnar's Heavyweight Title, but will probably have to wait as Shane Carwin and Frank Mir are the first option for a fight against the former WWE Superstar.
UFC 109 fighters received $60k bonuses
UFC 110 had only 4 preliminary fights, as Elvis Sinosic vs Chris Haseman bout was cancelled
Acer Arena in Sydney (also known as The SuperDome) can hold up to 21,000 spectators
UFC 105 drew 16,693 spectators, 1,138 less than UFC 110