UFC Fight Night 26 officially draws 14,181 fans for gate of $1.534 million


UFC Fight Night 26 in August drew an official attendance of 14,181 fans for a live gate of $1,533,940.

MMAjunkie.com this past month requested and today received the official totals from the Massachusetts State Athletic Commission, which oversaw the Aug. 17 event at Boston’s TD Garden.

According to the commission, UFC Fight Night 26 sold 10,795 seats. An additional 3,386 “comp” tickets were distributed. The figures represent an average revenue of $108.17 per ticket issued.

Following the fight, UFC officials initially estimated the attendance to be 12,539. The early estimate of a $1.53 million gate was on the mark.

UFC Fight Night 26 featured a light heavyweight main event between former champion Mauricio Rua and former two-division title challenger Chael Sonnen. The event was the UFC’s first on the new FOX Sports 1 cable network, which debuted the same day.

In the main event, Sonnen submitted Rua in the first round. In the co-main event, Travis Browne knocked out Alistair Overeem with a head kick in the first round.

UFC Fight Night 26 was the promotion’s second visit to Boston. In August 2010, the UFC 118 pay-per-view headlined by a lightweight title rematch between then-champion Frankie Edgar and former champ B.J. Penn drew 14,168 fans for a $2.8 million live gate. That event was accompanied by the UFC’s first Fan Expo on the East Coast.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 26, stay tuned to the UFC Events section of the site.

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