UFC 159 Live Gate And Attendance


UFC 159 is now in the books and although it wasn’t able to live up to the huge amounts of hype, it still delivered some exciting fights for fans. The event also marked the second largest attendance in UFC history in the state of New Jersey. The event drew a reported 15,227 fans to the Prudential Centre, generating a $2.7 million live gate.

This works out at around $177 per ticket, in a night that saw some great fights between Kurt Holobaugh and Steven Siler, Pat Healy and Jim Miller, and an exciting knockout from Roy Nelson. We also saw our fair share of controversial referee decisions as Gian Villante and Ovince St.Preux were halted early after an eye poke, as was Michael Bisping vs. Alan Belcher.

Many would also argue that the Jones vs. Sonnen fight was stopped early, although I’m sure the MMA world would have been turned upside down had Sonnen won the belt due to Jones breaking his foot. On top of fights being cancelled last minute due to injury, UFC 159 had a lot to live up to. It wasn’t the worst UFC event to date and it wasn’t the best, but it marked the end of the busiest month for the UFC in the promotion’s history-in which the UFC has delivered some quality events overall.

Stay tuned to Lowkick for more post UFC 159 coverage.

  • $177.00 on average for a ticket is a hell of alot of money. 2.7 million gate.

    Then there is the PPV buys. Then there is the UFC sponsorships like bud light and harley davidson. Then there is the merchandise.

    Most of the athletes are earning between $7-30,000….Do the maths

    Dana is getting paid !

    • @ enjoy the fighters do not always disclose their full payments (for tax reasons) plus there are plenty of locker romm/sponsorship deals that fighters make a revenue from. Dana certainly does get paid, but its the fertitas and zuffa that take it to the bank

      • The good example is the cancelled fight. The fighter doesnt fight due to no fault of his own. He sits in the stands and watches as a result. He still get his disclosed pay. So the disclosed pay is what I think of as "the base pay" for the event.

  • Rory – do have any idea as to what the PPV was? I'd be curious to know if the buy was down. Personally, I didn't buy it. I thought it was rewarding bad behavior. After having watched it online, I'm glad. It wasn't worth the $55 to watch an average and undeserving fighter, take the beating everyone knew he'd get.

    As Dana says, if you don't like it, don't buy it. Okay, I finally took him up on his offer. I wonder how many others did, as well?