MMA in Numbers: WEC 42 Update

MMA in Numbers

An unsettling statistic: 8 of the past 15 WEC events have been held out of The Joint in Las Vegas, Nevada. For the most recent in the facility, WEC 42 which featured the headline of Miguel Torres vs. Brian Bowles, 1,640 paid entry. 442, or 21% of all 2,080 in audience, were given complimentary tickets. 870 tickets were neither sold nor given away. Ignoring the promotional side of things, whether or not profit can be made in a situation such as this, one must allow that 2,080 is not a sufficient viewing party for some of the best athletes and competitors in the field.

In terms of ratings WEC 42 took in an estimated 670,000 viewers which matches WEC 37 as the high water mark for events not featuring Urijah Faber. Faber vs. Pulver I holds the WEC record with over 1.5 million viewers. Torres also participated on that card against Yoshiro Maeda and looks to be the number two draw for the promotion after "The California Kid".

Going forward, WEC 43 is newly scheduled for October 10th under the headline of Donald Cerrone vs. Ben Henderson without DirecTV. The last events not featuring Faber or Torres were Brown vs. Garcia and Condit vs. Miura, drawing 530k and 423k respectively.

Table in extended entry. MMA in Numbers: UFC.

Main Event Location Rating Gate Salary Bonuses

WEC 28

June 3, 2007

Faber vs. Farrar

The Joint

Las Vegas, Nevada

 

 

$134,000

 

WEC 29

Aug. 5, 2007

Filho vs. Doerksen

Condit vs. Larson

The Joint

Las Vegas, Nevada

 

 

$199,500

 

WEC 30

Sep. 5, 2007

McCullough vs.Crunkilton

Beebe vs. Yahya

The Joint

Las Vegas, Nevada

 

 

$154,000

 

WEC 31

Dec. 12, 2007

Faber vs. Curran

Filho vs. Sonnen

The Joint

Las Vegas, Nevada

 

 

$295,000

 

WEC 32

Feb. 13, 2008

Condit vs. Prater

Varner vs. McCullough

Torres vs. Beebe

Rio Rancho,New Mexico

 

 

 

 

WEC 33

Mar. 26, 2008

Marshall vs. Stann

The Joint

Las Vegas, Nevada

 

 

$213,000

 

WEC 34

June 1, 2008

Faber vs. Pulver

Torres vs. Maeda

ARCO Arena

Sacramento, California

1.4 HH

1.54 mil viewers

$738,855

$260,000

 

WEC 35

Aug. 3, 2008

Condit vs. Miura

Stann vs. Cantwell

Varner vs. Hicks

The Joint

Las Vegas, Nevada

.5 HH

423,000 viewers

$116,900

$230,000

$7,500 each

$45,000 total

WEC 36

Nov. 5, 2008

Faber vs. Brown

Filho vs. Sonnen

Hard Rock

Hollywood, Florida

.5 HH

497,000 viewers

$563,578

$287,000

$7,500 each

$37,500 total

WEC 37

Dec. 3, 2008

Torres vs. Tapia

The Joint

Las Vegas, Nevada

.5 HH (DL)

671,000 viewers

$90,125

$219,000

$7,500 each

$30,000 total

WEC 38

Jan. 25, 2009

Varner vs. Cerrone

Faber vs. Pulver

San Diego, California

.65 HH

700,000 viewers

$486,324

$217,000

$7,500 each

$30,000 total

WEC 39

Mar. 1, 2009

Brown vs. Garcia

Corpus Christi, Texas

.6 HH

531,229 viewers

$297,990

 

$7,500 each

$30,000 total

WEC 40

April 5, 2009

Torres vs. Mizugaki

Chicago, Illinois

 

 

 

$10,000 each

$40,000 total

WEC 41

June 7, 2009

Brown vs. Faber II

ARCO Arena

Sacramento, California

1.1 HH

$815,415

$215,942.05

$10,000 each

$40,000 total

WEC 42

Aug. 9, 2009

Torres vs Bowles

The Joint

Las Vegas, Nevada

670,000 viewers

$175,835

$235,500

$10,000 each

$40,000 total

WEC 43

Oct. 10, 2009

Cerrone vs. Henderson

AT&T Center

San Antonio, Texas

 

 

 

 

WEC 44

Nov. 11, 2009

Brown vs. Aldo

 

 

 

 

 

DL = dead link.

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

 
 

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