UFC 108 nabs $1,969,670 at the gate with 8,004 tickets sold on Jan. 2

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The Jan. 2 UFC 108 pay-per-view took in a gate of $1,969,670 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, according to official figures from the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) released today.

The final tally was a result of 8,004 tickets sold. Those figures do not include the whopping 5,314 comped tickets or the 599 unsold tickets.

The UFC dished out $843,000 in fighter salaries for the live event and another $200,000 in additional bonus money for the four participants who delivered outstanding performances.

"Evans vs. Silva" drew 13,529 total attendees, placing it ninth on the list of top attendances at the MGM Grand -- just behind 2006's UFC 66: "Liddell vs. Ortiz 2" -- but two places above 2008's UFC 98: "Evans vs. Machida."

The main event featured a workman-like performance from 205-pound stalwart Rashad Evans as he inched closer to one day challenging to get his world title back with a unanimous decision over the ultra tough Thiago Silva.

UFC sophomore Paul Daley. "Semtex" made his second Octagon appearance a memorable one in the co main event, spot-welding his fist to the jaw of Dustin Hazelett to grab "Knockout of the Night" after putting "McLovin'" on his butt in the first round.

For complete UFC 108 results and blow-by-blow coverage of the main card action click here and here.

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