UFC 100 $5.1 million gate could be second largest in history

Saturday’s long-awaited UFC 100 event, which sold out before tickets even technically went on sale to the public, drew an estimated 11,000 fans for a staggering live gate of $5.1 million. 
UFC officials disclosed the figures in the post-UFC 100 press conference. 

The Nevada State Athletic Commission will release official numbers later this week, but if the figure holds up, the live gate will go as the second largest in UFC history. 

Saturday’s event took place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas and aired on pay-per-view. UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar and welterweight title-holder Georges St. Pierre both made successful title defenses at the show at the milestone. 

UFC 100 tickets, which sold out during a pre-sale period for UFC Fight Club and UFC.com newsletter subscribers, were going for as much as $45,000 each on the secondary market. 

If the UFC’s figures are correct (and they usually are), UFC 100 would have had an average ticket price of $464. 

UFC 100′s estimated gate currently ranks tied for second in the 16-year history of the organization. 

The top five now includes: 

  1. UFC 66 (Liddell vs. Ortiz II): $5,397,300 gate (12,191 attendance)
  2. UFC 83 (St. Pierre vs. Serra II): $5,100,000 gate (21,390 attendance)
  3. UFC 100 (Lesnar vs. Mir II): $5,100,000 gate (11,000)*
  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)

* – Estimated figures

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