MMA Junkie has a disconcerting, but not surprising report about the live attendance at UFC 92:
of the 14,166 attendees, a total 4,465 – nearly a third of the overall crowd – were issued complimentary tickets, according to an email today sent to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) by Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Keith Kizer.
Only 9,701 were paid attendees.
However, despite a lower-than-usual percentage of paid attendees, UFC 92 still garnered a live gate of $3,468,440 – just two days after Christmas. It was the fifth-highest gate total among the 12 events that have been held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in the UFC's 15-year history.
It's not news that the economy is terrible, especially in Las Vegas. It's also not news that Zuffa triple-dipped Vegas with UFC 91, 92 and 94 back-to-back-to-back in their home town.
Nevertheless, it's a clear indicator that current conditions are very different from the high-water mark of Las Vegas shows at the end of 2006 but Zuffa is still making good money even in hard times.