148 set a new record for the promotion’s largest live gate
among shows held in the United States, attracting 15,104 spectators
for a total of $6,901,655.
The figures were released to Sherdog.com on Tuesday by Keith Kizer,
executive director of the Nevada Athletic Commission. Of those in
attendance, 13,606 paid for their entry, while 1,498 tickets were
distributed free of charge, or “comped.” A total of 64 tickets
UFC 148 took place July 7 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas
and was headlined by a middleweight title rematch between Anderson
Silva and Chael
Sonnen. As he did in their August 2010 encounter, “The Spider”
emerged victorious, earning a second-round technical knockout over
Sonnen to cap their rivalry.
Prior to UFC 148, the promotion’s largest domestic gate was earned
by UFC 66 in 2006. The event, which pulled in nearly $5.4 million,
was highlighted by a light heavyweight title rematch between
Liddell and Tito Ortiz.
Though UFC 148 now holds the promotion’s new record in the U.S.,
last year’s UFC 129 still wears the crown worldwide, as over 55,000
spectators packed the Rogers Centre in Toronto to produce a live
gate of more than $12 million.