Recession Resistant, UFC Pulls Solid Numbers in Columbus

The UFC rolled into Columbus, Ohio this week to make its third straight stop on the same weekend as the Arnold Sports Festival.

UFC 96, headlined by a bout pitting former UFC light heavyweight champ Quinton Jackson against Jackson’s MMA fighter Keith Jardine, was another resounding success. Attendance for UFC 96 was announced at the post-fight press conference to be 17,033, accounting for a gate of $1.8 million.

UFC president Dana White recounted that he heard on a Columbus radio station that between the Arnold’s and the UFC being in town, they brought in an estimated $41 million to the capitol city.

“These hard economic times and doing a huge number like that. I know we’re going to do it in Montreal, and everywhere else we go,” said White at the post-fight presser.