While a speculative pay-per-view buyrate for “Affliction: Banned” likely won’t be available for several weeks, the California State Athletic Commission has released some of the initial financial indicators for the clothing-maker’s first-ever MMA event from this past Saturday.
According to figures released by CSAC, Affliction: Banned’s total attendance at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. was 14,832. The total revenue drawn from the gate is listed as $2,085,510. The live gate numbers are very respectable and look even better when you consider that the promotion did not have to do any heavy papering. The paid attendance for the show was 11,242 with 3,590 complimentary tickets issued for the event.
The total comps for the show is nothing to be proud of, but it’s nothing to be ashamed of either. Considering that the event was held in the Los Angeles area and Affliction has many corporate partners through its clothing line, the number could have been worse.
It should be noted that reports of the event being a sellout were erroneous. According to the CSAC report obtained by FiveOuncesOfPain.com, a total of 740 tickets went unsold.
CSAC also released a report yesterday that contained the official salary numbers for the fighters that competed at “Banned.” While some media outlets had speculated that Affliction’s payroll for their first ever event could exceed $5 million, that’s not the case, according to CSAC. According to the commission, the payroll for “Banned” was $3.3 million. However, it should be noted that the salary figures released do not take into account signing or other special bonuses that may have been awarded to key fighters at their time of signing on for the event.
In the case of new WAMMA heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko, he is only shown with a guarantee of $300,000 for the event. Considering that his management had been seeking a contract that would pay Fedor between $1.5-2 million per fight, it wouldn’t be surprising if he received additional compensation prior to the event.
The highest listed compensated fighter on the card was former two-time UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia, who received a $800,000 guarantee in spite of losing in just 36 seconds.
Other big financial winners from the event include Vitor Belfort, Josh Barnett, Andrei Arlovski, and Ben Rothwell.
— Fedor Emelianenko: $300,000 (no win bonus) def. Tim Sylvia: $800,000
— Andrei Arlovski: $750,000 (includes $250,000 win bonus) def. Ben Rothwell: $250,000
— Josh Barnett: $300,000 (no win bonus) def. Pedro Rizzo: $70,000
— Mark Hominick: $10,000 (includes $5,000 win bonus) def. Trenell “Savant” Young: $7,000
— Renato “Babalu” Sobral: $90,000 (includes $30,000 win bonus) def: Mike Whitehead: $50,000
— Matt Lindland: $300,000 (includes $75,000 win bonus) def. Fabio “Negao” Nascimento: $20,00O
— Antonio Rogerio Nogueira: $50,000 (no win bonus) def. Edwin Dewees: $15,000
— Mike Pyle: $20,000 (includes $5,000 win bonus) J.J. Ambrose: $5,000
— ** Ray Lizama: $3,000 vs. Justin Levens: $6000: This bout was canceled due to time constraints, however, both fighters were still compensated.
— Vitor Belfort: $140,000 (includes $70,000 win bonus) def. Terry Martin: $30,000
— Paul Buentello: $80,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus) def. Gary Goodridge: $25,000
Five Ounces of Pain has also learned that Goodridge was not originally contracted to fight as an alternate as has been reported by some web sites. Goodridge was at the event to watch as a fan and was only approached about fighting after it was learned that CSAC would not license Aleksander Emelianenko.
Photo of Fedor Emelianenko for Five Ounces of Pain by: Reid Watanabe