The Nevada State Athletic Commission released the official “UFC 116: Lesnar vs. Carwin” live gate and attendance figures on Wednesday. ProMMAnow.com received the numbers from Executive Director Keith Kizer.
UFC 116 took place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. on July 3, 2010. The main event featured UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar defending his title against super-sized puncher Shane Carwin.
While the Pay-Per-View numbers, estimated at over a million buys, were likely one of the largest in UFC history, the same can not be said for the number of live attendees.
The live gate brought in a healthy $4,053,990 with a total of 9,218 tickets sold.
The UFC actually gave away more than one-third the number of tickets they sold, totaling 3,522 complimentary tickets.
The most surprising figure is the number of tickets left unsold, 2,194. Whether it was the fact it was a holiday weekend or the lack of big names on the undercard, that is quite a few seats left empty for a show with a main event billed as “the biggest fight in UFC history.”