Even though Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) may not have gotten the result it wanted when Amanda Nunes dismantled Ronda Rousey in her return to the Octagon in just 48 seconds last night (Fri., Dec. 30, 2016) at UFC 207 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, at least the year-ending event produced record-breaking attendance. UFC officials announced after the event that UFC 207 drew 18,533 fight fans, breaking the previous T-Mobile Arena record of 18,202 set by UFC 200 this past July.
"So for the first time ever in the history of T-Mobile Arena we broke the attendance record here tonight," said UFC president Dana White during the UFC 207 post-fight show on FOX Sports 1. "It was the first time they ever opened up standing room only. Almost 20,000 people here at the largest fight ever in Las Vegas."
While UFC 207 broke the attendance record, it did not do as well when it came to the live gate. In fact, the $4.75 million live gate set by UFC 207 was considerably lower than that of UFC 200 ($10.7 million) and UFC 202 ($7.7 million). With a broken main card, ticket prices most likely dropped leading up to the event. Still, enough people shuffled in to see Rousey's return end in crippling fashion.