The Ultimate Fighter Season 17 Finale took place Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, drawing an audience of 5,549, producing gate revenues of $569,000.
The UFC announced the attendance at gate at the TUF 17 Finale post-fight press conference.
Those numbers are rather unimpressive for an event at Mandalay Bay, but that is largely because UFC events at the casino are typical of the pay-per-view variety. They are fight cards loaded with much more star power, and packing a bigger marketing punch.
Relative to recent Ultimate Fighter finales, however, TUF 17’s numbers dwarfed them.
TUF 16 drew an audience of 2,500 for a gate of $318,525, while TUF 15 – the ill-fated live season – recorded an attendance of 1,628 for a gate of $195,250.
Former WEC champion Urijah Faber submitted Scott Jorgensen in the fourth round of their TUF 17 Finale main event showdown, Kelvin Gastelum upset Uriah Hall in the TUF 17 final, and Cat Zingano finished Miesha Tate for a slot as a TUF 18 coach and a shot at UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey.
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