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UFC 148 smashed all previous records for an MMA event in the state of Nevada with a gate of $6.5 million according to ESPN. The previous record of $5.3 million was set by UFC 66 in 2006 which featured Tito Ortiz challenging Chuck Liddell for the Light Heavyweight title. UFC 100, which pitted Brock Lesnar against Frank Mir in a Heavyweight title unification bout, brought in $5.1 million for third place.
UFC 129 holds record for being the UFC's all-time biggest gate with a $12.1 million take from more than 55,000 fans who packed Toronto's Rogers Centre to see Georges St. Pierre defend his Welterweight title from Jake Shields in 2011.
MMA Junkie reported on some of the salaries paid out at last night's event:
- Forrest Griffin: $275,000 ($125,000 + $150,000 win bonus)
- Tito Ortiz: $250,000
- Anderson Silva: $200,000 (no win bonus)
- Chael Sonnen: $50,000
- Cung Le: $150,000 (no win bonus)
- Patrick Cote: $21,000
Note that these figures do not include any percentages of the pay-per-view sales (which it is likely both Middleweight champ Anderson Silva and challenger Chael Sonnen participated in) nor do they include any sponsorship dollars or locker-room bonuses paid out by Zuffa.
SBN coverage of UFC 148