MMA in Numbers Update -- UFC 101 and UK Interest

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Welcome to another installment of the table (seen in the extended entry) which cannot be stopped. One of the assorted talking points which can be pulled from this exercise is the contrast between domestic and European events and how that impacts the moves going forward.

UFC UK president Marshall Zelaznik gives insight to Zuffa's continued and future investment overseas:

"We didn’t deliberately cut back our UK schedule in 2009, it just worked out that we only had two shows. But in 2010 we are looking to be busy in Britain," he said.

Zelaznik says the UFC is interested in visiting cities that have not yet hosted a show, but says the size of venues is a limiting factor in some cases.

"We definitely want to do Liverpool and Nottingham in 2010. Any city that has a suitable venue capable of holding more than 9,000 spectators, we are interested in," he says.

"We want to go to Scotland as soon as possible but at present there is no venue there that can accommodate us. But we are going to go back to Dublin in 2010.

The last UK event for the UFC in 2009 will be the105 event November 14th in Manchester, England. The card features the rumored headline of B.J. Penn vs. Diego Sanchez for the lightweight title and will not be on available on PPV. Penn's last foray into a UK PPV against Joe Stevenson at 80 did a reported, unimpressive 225k in buys.

See full entry for the newly updated MMA in Numbers listing.

Main Event Location PPV/ Rating Gate Salary Bonuses

UFC 1

Nov. 12, 1993

Gracie vs. Gordeau

Denver, Colorado

86,000 (NS)

 

 

 

UFC 5

April 7, 1995

Gracie vs Shamrock

Charlotte, North Carolina

260,000 (NS)

 

 

 

UFC 33

Sep. 28, 2001

Ortiz vs. Matyushenko

Las Vegas, Nevada

75,000 (NS)

 

 

 

UFC 34

Nov. 2, 2001

Couture vs. Rizzo II

Hughes vs. Newton

Las Vegas, Nevada

60,000 (NS)

 

 

 

UFC 35

Jan. 11, 2002

Penn vs. Pulver I

Uncasville, Connecticut

35,000 (NS)

 

 

 

UFC 36

Mar. 22, 2002

Barnett vs. Couture

Las Vegas, Nevada

55,000 (NS)

 

 

 

UFC 37

May 10, 2002

Lindland vs. Bustamante

Bossier City, Louisiana

50,000 (NS)

 

 

 

UFC 38

July 13, 2002

Hughes vs. Newton II

London, England

45,000 (NS)

 

 

 

UFC 39

Sep. 27, 2002

Rodriguez vs. Couture

Uncasville, Connecticut

45,000 (NS)

 

 

 

UFC 40

Nov. 22, 2002

Ortiz vs. Shamrock I

Las Vegas, Nevada

150,000 (NS)

 

 

 

UFC 41

Feb. 28, 2003

Rodriguez vs. Sylvia

Atlantic City, New Jersey

60,000 (NS)

 

 

 

UFC 42

April 25, 2003

Hughes vs. Sherk

Miami, Florida

35,000 (NS)

 

 

 

UFC 43

June 6, 2003

Couture vs.Liddell I

Las Vegas, Nevada

49,000 (NS)

 

 

 

UFC 44

Sep. 26, 2003

Couture vs. Ortiz

Las Vegas, Nevada

94,000 (NS)

 

 

 

UFC 45

Nov. 21, 2003

Hughes vs. Trigg

Uncasville, Connecticut

40,000 (NS)

 

 

 

UFC 46

Jan. 31, 2004

Couture vs. Belfort II

Las Vegas, Nevada

77,000 (NS)

 

 

 

UFC 47

April 2, 2004

Liddell vs. Ortiz I

Las Vegas, Nevada

104,000 (NS)

 

 

 

UFC 48

June 19, 2004

Shamrock vs. Kimo

Las Vegas, Nevada

110,000 (NS)

 

 

 

UFC 49

Aug. 21, 2004

Couture vs. Belfort III

Las Vegas, Nevada

80,000 (NS)

 

 

 

UFC 50

Oct. 22, 2004

Ortiz vs. Cote

Atlantic City, New Jersey

40,000 (NS)

 

 

 

UFC 51

Feb. 5, 2050

Ortiz vs. Belfort

Las Vegas, Nevada

105,000 (NS)

 

 

 

UFC 52

April 16, 2005

Liddell vs. Couture II

Las Vegas, Nevada

280,000 (NS)

 

 

 

UFC 53

June 4, 2005

Arlovski vs. Eilers

Atlantic City, New Jersey

90,000 (NS)

 

 

 

UFC 54

Aug. 20, 2005

Liddell vs. Horn

Las Vegas, Nevada

150,000 (NS)

 

 

 

UFC 55

Oct. 7, 2005

Arlovski vs. Buentello

Uncasville, Connecticut

125,000 (NS)

 

 

 

UFC 56

Nov. 19, 2005

Franklin vs. Quarry

Hughes vs. Riggs

Las Vegas, Nevada

200,000 (NS)

 

 

 

UFC 57

Feb 4, 2006

Liddell vs. Couture III

Las Vegas, Nevada

400,000 (NS)

 

 

 

UFC 58

Mar. 4, 2006

Franklin vs. Loiseau

Las Vegas, Nevada

290,000 (NS)

 

 

 

UFC 59

April 15, 2006

Arlovski vs. Sylvia II / Oritz vs. Griffin

Anaheim, California

415,000 (NS)

 

 

 

UFC 60

May 27, 2006

Hughes vs. Gracie

Los Angeles, California

615,000 (NS)

 

 

 

UFC 61

July 8, 2006

Ortiz vs. Shamrock II / Sylvia vs. Arlovski III

Las Vegas, Nevada

775,000 (NS)

 

 

 

UFC 62

Aug. 26, 2006

Liddell vs. Sobral II

Las Vegas, Nevada

500,000 (NS)

 

 

 

UFC 63

Sep. 23, 2006

Hughes vs. Penn II

Anaheim, California

400,000 (MR)

 

 

 

UFC 64

Oct. 14, 2006

Franklin vs. Silva I

Sherk vs. Florian

Las Vegas, Nevada

300,000 (NS)

 

 

 

UFC 65

Nov. 18, 2006

Hughes vs. Pierre II

Sylvia vs. Monson

Sacramento, California

500,000 (NS)

 

 

 

UFC 66

Dec. 30, 2006

Liddell vs. Ortiz II

Las Vegas, Nevada

1,050,000 (NS)

 

 

 

UFC 67

Feb. 3, 2007

Silva vs. Lutter

Las Vegas, Nevada

350,000 (NS)

 

 

 

UFC 68

Mar. 3, 2007

Sylvia vs. Couture

Columbus, Ohio

534,000

 

 

 

UFC 69

April 7, 2007

Pierre vs. Serra I

Houston, Texas

400,000 (NS)

 

 

 

UFC 70

April 21, 2007

Gonzaga vs. Cro Cop

Manchester, England

TV

 

 

 

UFC 71

May 26, 2007

Liddell vs. Jackson

Las Vegas, Nevada

675,000 (NS)

 

$920,500

 

UFC 72

June 16, 2007

Franklin vs. Okami

Belfast, Northern Ireland

200,000 (NS)

 

 

 

UFC 73

July 7, 2007

Silva vs. Marquardt

Sherk vs. Franka

Sacramento, California

375,000 (MR)

$1,551,920

$761,000

 

UFC 74

Aug. 25, 2007

Couture vs. Gonzaga

Las Vegas, Nevada

485,000

 

 

 

UFC 75

Sep. 8, 2007

Jackson vs. Henderson

London, England

TV

 

 

 

UFC 76

Sep. 22, 2007

Liddell vs. Jardine

Anaheim, California

450,000 (NS)

 

 

 

UFC 77

Oct. 20, 2007

Silva vs. Franklin II

Cincinati, Ohio

325,000 (NS)

 

 

 

UFC 78

Nov. 17, 2007

Bisping vs. Evans

Newark, New Jersey

400,000 (NS)

 

 

 

UFC 79

Dec. 29, 2007

Pierre vs. Hughes III / Liddell vs. Silva

Las Vegas, Nevada

680,000 (MR)

 

 

 

UFC 80

Jan. 19, 2008

B.J. Penn vs. Joe Stevenson

Newcastle, England

225,000 buys

$1,250,000

 

 

$35k each

$140k total

UFC 81

Feb. 2, 2008

Nogueira vs. Sylvia

Lesnar vs. Mir

Las Vegas, Nevada

600,000 buys

$2,437,890

$892,000

$60k each

$240k total

UFC 82

March 1, 2008

Silva vs. Henderson

Columbus, Ohio

325,000 buys

$2,200,000

$932,000

$60k each

$240k total

UFC 83

April 19, 2008

St. Pierre vs. Serra

Montreal, Canada

530,000 buys

$5,100,000

 

 

$75k each

$300k total

UFC 84

May 24, 2008

Penn vs. Sherk

Las Vegas, Nevada

475,000 buys

$3,732,000

$1,098,000

$75k each

$300k total

UFC 85

June 7, 2008

Alves vs. Hughes

London, England

225,000 buys

$2,930,000

 

 

$50k each

$200k total

UFC 86

Jul. 5, 2008

Griffin vs. Jackson

Las Vegas, Nevada

540,000 buys

$3,350,730

$943,000

$60k each

$240k total

UFC 87

Aug. 9, 2008

St. Pierre vs. Fitch

Lesnar vs. Herring

Minneapolis, Minnesota

625,000 buys

$2,252,000

 

 

$60k each

$240k total

UFC 88

Sep. 6, 2008

Evans vs. Liddell

Atlanta, Georgia

480,000 buys

$2,600,000

$1,270,000

$60k each

$240k total

UFC 89

Oct. 18, 2008

Bisping vs. Leben

Birmingham, England

1.7 HH rating

2.6 mil viewers

 

 

 

 

$40k each

$160k total

UFC 90

Oct. 25, 2008

Silva vs. Cote

Chicago, Illinois

300,000 buys

$2,800,000

 

 

$65k each

$260k total

UFC 91

Nov. 15, 2008

Couture vs. Lesnar

Las Vegas, Nevada

920,000 buys

$4,815,675

$1,118,000

$60k each

$240k total

UFC 92

Dec. 27, 2008

Evans vs. Griffin

Las Vegas, Nevada

1 mil buys

$3,468,440

$1,381,000

$60k each

$180k total

UFC 93

Jan. 17, 2009

Franklin vs. Henderson

Dublin, Ireland

320,000 buys

$1,300,000

 

 

$40k each

$240k total

UFC 94

Jan. 31, 2009

St. Pierre vs. B.J. Penn

Las Vegas, Nevada

920,000 (MR)

$4,290,020

$1,091,000

$65k each

$325k total

UFC 95

Feb. 21, 2009

Sanchez vs. Stevenson

London, England

1.6 HH rating

2.4 mil viewers

$1,000,000

 

 

$40k each

$160k total

UFC 96

March 7, 2009

Jackson vs. Jardine

Columbus, Ohio

350,000 buys

$1,800,000

$762,000

$60k each

$180k total

UFC 97

April 18, 2009

Silva vs. Leites

Liddell vs. Rua

Montreal, Canada

625,000 (NS)

$4,900,000

 

 

$70k each

$280k total

UFC 98

May 23, 2009

Evans vs. Machida

Las Vegas, Nevada

635,000

$3,257,350

$957,000

$60k each

$240k total

UFC 99

June 13, 2009

Franklin vs. Silva

Cologne, Germany

360,000 (NS)

$1,300,000

 

 

$60k each

$240k total

UFC 100

July 11, 2009

Lesnar vs. Mir II

Pierre vs. Alves

Las Vegas,

Nevada

1.6 (MR)

$5,128,490

$1,790,000

$100k each

$400k total

UFC 101

Aug. 8, 2009

Penn vs. Florian

Silva vs. Griffin

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

800,000 - 1mil

$3,550,000

 

$60k each

$240k total

 

NS = This thread. Confirmation requested.

MR = Michael Rome

Sources for missing entries or items which need to be updated are always appreciated.

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