European fans embraced the return of the UFC to the United Kingdom, packing the Manchester Evening News (M.E.N.) Arena with a sellout crowd of 14,921 — about $2.6 million at the gate — for UFC 70: "Nations Collide" on April 21, according to the Canadian Press.
It was the first show for the UFC in England since UFC 38 at the Royal Albert Hall in 2002, which attracted about 5,000 spectators.
What a difference a few years make, heh?
During post-fight remarks, UFC President Dana White admitted he was "disappointed" with the lack of action on the card. However, that's apparently not stopping him from trying to coordinate another UK show later this year — perhaps September — according to MMAWeekly.com.
In addition, there is also some discussion about putting together The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) UK in the near future.
Here's a snip from White:
"We're talking ... about that right now. We're talking about doing The Ultimate Fighter UK, I was talking to him all night about it.... Yeah we'll do it — it's coming."
UFC 70 also "broke every merchandise record," selling more stuff inside the venue than any other event in the 12-year history of the M.E.N. Arena.
Not bad ... not bad at all.