UFC 133: Evans vs. Ortiz drew a $1.5 million gate with 11,583 people in attendance, according to UFC president Dana White. The event took place at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Saturday night.
Although the numbers were decent, the UFC saw better figures the last time they visited Philadelphia during UFC 101: Declaration in 2009, which drew 17,411 spectators for a Pennsylvania state record $3.55 million gate.
UFC 133, which had several changes to the card in the months leading up to fights due to several fighter injuries, featured a light heavyweight bout between Rashad Evans returning from a 14-month layoff and Tito Ortiz, who took the fight on short notice after upsetting Ryan Bader at UFC 132 a month earlier.
The UFC’s next event will take place in Milwaukee for UFC on Versus 5: Hardy vs. Lytle on Aug. 14. The company’s next pay-per-view will find them in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for UFC 134 on Aug. 27. The event will feature several Brazilian fighters, including Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, who takes on Forrest Griffin in a rematch from 2007 and Anderson Silva, who defends his middleweight title against Yushin Okami in the evening’s main event.
UFC 134: Rio is expected to draw large gate and attendance figures.