UFC Fight Night 52 Attendance Figures from Hunt vs. Nelson in Tokyo

September 20, 2014
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The Ultimate Fighting Championship returned to Saitama, Japan, on Saturday, marking the promotion’s first event there in a year and a half.

The UFC Fight Pass streamed event drew 12,395 people to the famed Saitama Super Arena, the lowest turnout of the promotion’s three events in that arena.

The UFC Fight Night 52 main event delivered as expected, though. Pitting two big heavyweights against each other in Japanese favorite Mark Hunt and “Big Country” Roy Nelson, the fight was destined to not fulfill its scheduled five rounds.

And it didn’t.

Hunt became only the second man to ever knock Nelson out, sending him face first to the canvas courtesy of a second-round uppercut.

SEE ALSO: Mark Hunt Blasts Roy Nelson

In the co-main event, Myles Jury continued his ascension of the lightweight ranks, dispatching legendary Japanese fighter Takanori Gomi with a brutal assault of punches just one-and-a-half minutes into their fight.

SEE ALSO: Myles Jury Stops Takanori Gomi

Now 15-0, with his last six victories taking place in the Octagon, Jury has become a serious 155-pound contender.

The UFC is expected to do one event in Japan again in 2015, likely around the same time of year as Hunt vs. Nelson.

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  • snapdad

    12,000 viewers. I for one wanted to see this fight, but didn’t because it was on fight pass. if they would have shown this on one of the fox channels it would have had a huge turn out. when u put two big guys in a main event it is going to attract new viewers, but no new fan is going to pay for fightpass. all fightpass is doing is turning off the hardcore fans, and does nothing for bringing in new fans. I never watched a bellator event until fightpass started, and now I watch them every Friday. and even though bellator has less talented fighters, its better than watching a sh*tty feed on a computer screen

    • Timothy Malone

      12,000 is how many went to see it live, not how many watched it online. According to Dana White’s twitter, they broke a Fight Pass viewing record with this event.

      • snapdad

        misread the article. still think fight pass should be an option for non American countries. like I said in my original post, this would have done big on fox. like many other people, I started watching the ufc after the bonnar and griffin fight on FREE tv. if fightpass was around back then and they showed that fight on their, many people would have missed out, including myself. ufc should be using fox as a way to get people hooked, and then more ppv buys.