I can think of a few millions reasons why the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 20th Anniversary event was a smashing success.
UFC 167, which took place inside MGM Grand Garden Arena on Nov. 16, 2013, tallied a live gate of $5,759,350 million -- the second best of all time -- according to official figures from the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) released earlier today.
The final attendance of 14,856 was the result of 13,621 tickets sold and 1,235 complimentary tickets, while a mere 57 seats remained empty.
"St-Pierre vs. Hendricks" pay-per-view (PPV) event lands in the number two spot, besting the UFC 66 offering, which featured the Chuck Liddell vs. Tito Ortiz rematch ($5,397,300/13,761 final attendance), but falling below the monstrous second go-round between Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen at UFC 148 ($6,901,655 gate/15,104 final attendance).
"Rush" is lucky to have his crown after claiming a controversial split decision victory in the UFC 167 main event. Johny Hendricks goes home the loser, but may be entitled to an immediate rematch, depending on whether or not St. Pierre follows through on this post-fight promise.
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