Saturday’s “UFC 91: Couture vs. Lesnar” event drew a near-sellout crowd of 14,272 for a total gate of $4.8 million, UFC President Dana White announced during a post-fight press conference.
Coming into the event, the UFC had set high ticket prices for the heavyweight title clash in hopes of setting the company’s record for total live gate receipts. However, in spite of last night’s strong showing at the box office, the live gate for last night’s event was only the fourth best in company history.
As far as the state of Nevada is concerned, UFC 91 is now the third highest gate ever recorded for an MMA event with UFC 91 now only trailing “UFC 66: Liddel vs. Ortiz II” and “UFC 79: Nemesis.”
Outside economic factors likely played a large role in preventing UFC 91 from establishing a new record, as many fans no doubt found it difficult to make the trip to Las Vegas and the MGM Grand given the current state of the United States economy.