by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com
It was a roller coaster ride of emotion at Wednesday night’s WEC 36 in Hollywood, Fla., but when all was said and done, the numbers added up in the promotion’s favor.
WEC 36 drew 5,227 fans accounting for $563,578 in revenue at the gate, according to World Extreme Cagefighting vice president Peter Dropick, who said they were “just shy of a sellout.”
The promotion’s centerpiece, Urijah Faber, was upset in a featherweight title bout by American Top Team’s Mike Brown; Chael Sonnen also knocked off middleweight champ Paulo Filho in a lackluster non-title affair; while Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone and “Razor” Rob McCullough put on the Fight of the Night, which may also end up a “Fight of the Year” candidate.
The attendance pales in comparison to the promotion’s draw at WEC 34 earlier this year in Sacramento, Calif., which drew 12,682 and also featured Faber in the main event. The dollar amount at the gate, however, isn’t that far off considering the difference in attendance. WEC 34 garnered $738,855 at the gate.