The Ultimate Fighting Championship returned to Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Friday for the first time since UFC Fight Night 18 in 2009. UFC on FX 1: Guillard vs. Miller drew an audience of 7,228, pulling in a gate of $334,860.
Those numbers are distinctly lower than UFC Fight Night 18, which drew 10,267 in attendance for a $626,077 gate.
Guillard vs. Miller was the promotion’s first live fight night event on FX as part of the UFC’s new seven-year broadcast agreement. The show’s preliminary bouts were featured on Fuel TV.
The card featured numerous finishes, including an exciting main event between Melvin Guillard and Jim Miller. Guillard took it to Miller early with flying knees and a plethora of punches. Miller, however, survived his attacks, got Guillard to the ground, and locked on a fight-ending – and Submission of the Night – rear naked choke for the win.