Tuesday, December 13, 2011

TUF 14 Finale officially draws 1,909 attendance and $453K gate

source: John Morgan | mmajunkie.com

The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale officially drew 1,909 attendees for a $452,700 live gate.

Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Keith Kizer today emailed the figures to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com),

The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale took place Dec. 3 at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. Michael Bisping scored a third-round TKO victory over fellow "TUF 14" coach Jason "Mayhem" Miller in the evening's Spike TV-broadcast main event.

John Dodson and Diego Brandao also picked up six-figure UFC contracts with wins in the evening's tournament finals.

UFC officials initially announced just 1,649 attendees, and the live gate was not revealed on fight night.

Of the 1,909 attendees, 29 percent (561) were issued as complimentary/unpaid tickets. Additionally, 233 tickets went unsold/unused.

The average paid ticket price for the event was $335.83.

By comparison, this past June's The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale drew an official attendance of 2,053 for a live gate of $440,150.

The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale was the 10th-consecutive TUF Finale held at The Pearl. The first-ever finale took place at the Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas while seasons two, three and four concluded at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.