The Nevada State Athletic Commission released the final numbers for UFC 168, and they’re huge. With 15,650 in attendance and a gate of $6,238,792.50, the event – which was headlined by Chris Weidman and Anderson Silva and had a strong co-main event in Ronda Rousey versus Miesha Tate – is the second biggest in the company’s history.
The event fell short of UFC 148, which saw Silva rematch with Chael Sonnen at the same venue. That July 7, 2012 UFC installment saw an attendance of 15,104 and a total gate of $6,901,655. But UFC 168 beat out the third-biggest event, UFC 167: St. Pierre vs. Hendricks, which had an attendance of 14,856 and a gate of $5,759,350.
What does all this mean? It means that when the UFC wants to do a huge year-end show, they know how to do it right. Unfortunately, with Silva on ice and Georges St. Pierre in retirement limbo, the organization may be hard-pressed to replicate that same level of success – at least until comparable stars emerge.