The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) recently reported that the WEC sold 734 out of a possible 1,008 tickets for last Sunday's WEC 35 event at "The Joint" at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, raking in a total paid gate of $116,900.
An additional 272 tickets were handed out free of charge, leaving just two seats unoccupied.
This is being widely considered a big success for the Zuffa-owned organization to have nearly every seat in the house with a butt in it, but as stated above it was not a sellout.
With all the recent praise it would seem that the WEC wouldn't have a problem selling out such a small arena, especially considering rival promotion Elite XC was able to unload more than five times as many tickets for its "Unfinished Business" event only one week earlier.
"Unfinished Business," however, was reported by most outlets to be a failure as far as ticket sales go because nearly half the stubs printed were left unpaid for.
It's hard to compare the two because there are a ton of different factors involved such as: location, date, fight card, venue, fighter payroll, etc.
But if WEC 35 producing 734 ticket sales for $116,900 is considered a success, then shouldn't Elite XC selling 3,701 tickets for a total gate of $268,715 be considered at least somewhat of an achievement regardless of the size of the venue?