Saturday’s UFC 106: "Ortiz vs. Griffin 2" took in a gate of more than $3 million at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, according to official figures from the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) released today.
The final tally came in at $3,003,250 and 6,631 tickets sold. These figures do not include a whopping 3,898 comped tickets — worth a hefty $2,331,250 — for a total attendance of 10,529 fans. There were 223 unsold tickets.
UFC 106 featured a main event rematch between former UFC light heavyweight champions Tito Ortiz and Forrest Griffin, which ended in a split decision in favor of Griffin. The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) season one winner mentioned in his post-fight remarks that he’s willing to face Ortiz in a rubber match at a later date in the future.
Other main card fights included Josh Koscheck picking up $140,000 in bonus checks for "Fight of the Night" and "Submission of the Night" in his win over welterweight slugger Anthony "Rumble" Johnson, while Antonio Rogerio Nogueira earned "Knockout of the Night" in his promotional debut for his first-round win over Luis Cane.
The UFC 106 preliminary card aired on Spike TV as a lead-in to the main card presentation on pay-per-view (PPV). The total base fighter payroll for the event was $1,021,000, along with $280,000 in bonus cash.
Of course none of these figures account for PPV buys, merchandise sales and other event-related profits; nor does it include production costs, employee salaries and the like.