The Ultimate Fighting Championship announced that UFC 194: Aldo vs. Mcgregor set records for at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, and was the biggest gate ever generated by the promotion at a United States venue.
16,516 spectators, an estimated 10,000 Irish fans, attended the pay-per-view event on Saturday, “making it the largest UFC event ever at the MGM and the UFC’s largest event in Las Vegas,” according to UFC executive Dave Sholler during the event’s post-fight press conference.
Those in attendance witnessed two championship belts change hands. Conor McGregor unified the 145-pound titles and became only the second man to hold the UFC’s featherweight championship when he knocked out former titleholder Jose Aldo in just 13 seconds.
Former Strikeforce titleholder Luke Rockhold handed previously unbeaten champion Chris Weidman by technical knockout in the fight card’s co-main event. The fight went four grueling rounds before Rockhold grounded and pounded Weidman until referee Herb Dean had no choice but to step in and stop the fight.
The 12-bout fight card featured five finishes and seven decisions.