UFC 166: Attendance, Gate & Bonuses

 In what was, as Dana White put it, “the sickest night” of fights that the UFC has ever put on, UFC 166 is now in the books; its numbers available.

The attendance for the evening was, 17, 278.

The paid gate was 2.5 million (US) dollars

The Bonuses paid out for the evening were $60,000 (US)

Fight of the night / fight of the century went to Gilbert Melendez & Diego Sanchez: Truly, if you didn’t see this fight (live) make sure you hunt it down online. In a word, wow! It fulfilled every hope and dream that any had of this bout. Although Melendez culled the victory, many fans might scratch their heads as to the outcome of the bout, had it carried another two rounds. In a nutshell, Sanchez looked the stronger fighter, by the end of 15.

Knockout of the night went to John Dodson: Darrell Montague was doing well against John Dodson, until he wasn’t. Dodson sat in with a huge right and it was, over. Dodson used tremendous speed and agility to set his opponent up and then he laid him out; end of fight.

Submission of the night went to Tony Ferguson: Ferguson took home a cool 60K for a beautiful submission (Brabo Choke) of Mike Rio, at the 1:52 mark of the first round; Rio was lost to defend it.


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    October 20, 2013 at 3:58 am

    I dont see how anyone could say Sanchez was close. He was out struck in almost every exchange. Revving up the audience and motioning to come forward doesnt cut it, when your opponent totally out classes your striking. More rounds would have simply been a cut stoppage.

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    October 20, 2013 at 11:10 am

    So many good fights and good finishes last night. I just want ALL of them to get an extra 60k for their efforts.

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      October 20, 2013 at 2:58 pm

      I'd best Dana gave some extra money out. I always hear about this backroom bonuses people don't know about when they complain about fighter pay. I'd be willing to bet a decent amount of people got some kind of bonuses. a card like that top to bottom is what Dana White dreams about. Anyone who scared Diego winning that fight literally scored him the win because they seen him acting crazy and believed that meant he was winning.

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