After making a ton of cash from the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor megafight, the UFC set records for UFC Fight Night 117… for all the wrong reasons.
The Friday night (Sept. 22) event, held at Saitama Super Arena in Japan, drew record-low attendance from fans, barely breaking 8,500, reports MMA Weekly.
Despite some exciting fights and finishes, headlined by light heavyweight fight between Ovince Saint Preux and Yushin Okami, the UFC’s fifth event at the arena was the promotion’s least attended … with just 8,571 fans. While attendance was reported, gate revenue was not.
Below is attendance numbers for UFC Saitama Super Arena:
- UFC 144: Edgar vs. Henderson – 21,000
- UFC on Fuel TV: Silva vs. Stann – 14,682
- UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Nelson – 12,395
- UFC Fight Night: Barnett vs. Nelson – 10,137
- UFC Fight Night: Saint Preux vs. Okami – 8,571
Despite the attendance, Saint Preux put Okami to sleep in the main event, with his record-setting third finish via Von Flue choke — a first for any other UFC fighter. The fight earned “Performance of the Night” honors.
In the co-main event between Jessica Andrade and Claudia Gadelha, the two slugged it out, resulting in bloodied faces and ending with Andrade taking a lop-sided unanimous decision. It earned “Fight of the Night” honors.
Both fights took $50,000 bonuses.