MMAWeekly.com has gotten their hands on the official numbers from UFC 119, which were released by the Indiana Gaming Commission earlier this week.
MMAWeekly is reporting that IGC director Andrew Means has confirmed the UFC’s original report of an attendance of 15,811 with 2,028 of those attendees having been given complimentary tickets by the UFC. The 13,873 fans who paid to attend brought in $1,588,163 the UFC; a number which MMAWeekly points out is slightly off of the estimated $1,613,337 gate.
UFC 119: Mir vs. Cro Cop took place last Saturday night at the Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. The fight card was the first that the UFC had put on in Indiana. It may not have been the best showing by the UFC, as the night was marred by controversial judging and a very subpar main event.
The opinionated crowd voiced their displeasure loudly at the decision announcement from the Sean Sherk-Evan Dunham fight; the decision went for Sherk but many, the crowd obviously included, felt that Dunham was the clear winner in that bout. Not helped along by the much-slower-than-anticipated opening bout between Melvin Guillard and Jeremy Stephens, the UFC 119 fight card’s exciting bouts between Dunham and Sherk, Chris Lytle and Matt Serra were overshadowed by the absolute snooze-fest that was Frank Mir vs. Mirko Filipovic. Though the fight ended in spectacular knockout, the finish came after fourteen minutes of basic non-action.