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Report: UFC collects $2.7 million at UFC 67 gate

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Last night, the turnstiles at the Mandalay Bay Events Center for UFC 67 generated $2.7 million, according to

And, with 11,001 fans in attendance, the show was "not quite a sellout."

UFC 66 it wasn't.

This news is surprising and not so surprising at the same time.

Surprising, because fans should have been clamoring to see the UFC debuts of stars such as Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic and Quinton "Rampage" Jackson.

Anderson Silva is a bad dude, too.

It's not surprising because Travis Lutter failing to make weight surely affected ticket sales. But, more alarming, it seems as though UFC fans don't know enough about the dynamic trio mentioned above.

I think the fatal flaw in the relatively vanilla show last night was the lack of competition.

UFC matchmaker Joe Silva was saddled with the responsibilty of ensuring that Cro Cop and Rampage were successfull in their Octagon premieres.

I'm sure the UFC also wanted them to make statements right off the bat.

But, it came off all wrong.

Eddie Sanchez was running for his life, and Marvin Eastman is clearly not the same fighter he was six years ago.

It's a fine line -- just look what happened to the overhyped Heath Herring debut at UFC Fight Night 8.

Damned if you do, damned if you don't, I guess.

But, these guys are all proven animals -- the UFC should have put them in with established UFC fighters who can win.

There was no reason to treat them with kid gloves.