The numbers aren’t official yet, but UFC president Dana White on Saturday night indicated that everything about Georges St. Pierre vs. B.J. Penn 2 affirms its mega-fight status.
“We did a gate of $4.3 million, 14,885 people,” he said at the post-fight press conference. “This thing was more than a sellout. The casino was scrambling today to add more seats. Other casinos were looking for tickets. This was the craziest event we’ve ever done, by far.”
If those numbers prove to accurate, it easily puts UFC 94 as one of the top grossing UFC gates of all time.
Fight night numbers were the latest in a tremendous week for the promotion. On Friday at the UFC 94 weigh-ins – an event in and of itself – security had to turn people away at the door. UFC officials said that the set-up for the weigh-ins accommodated somewhere in the neighborhood of 5,000 fans, yet they were still turning them away in droves… for the weigh-ins!
At least as a live draw, UFC 94 could only be regarded as the resounding success that the promotion had expected.