UFC Live: Cruz vs. Johnson may have flown under the radar in terms of press coverage on account of being sandwiched between two high-profile pay-per-view bouts, but it attracted a record number of live attendees to the fight.
The fight card drew 9,380 spectators for a live gate of $706,775; both marks are records for the UFC on Versus series. UFC Live: Cruz vs. Johnson surpassed UFC Live: Vera vs. Jones, which pulled in 6,443 attendees for a live gate of $568,125, to become the record-setter for the series.
UFC Live 6 marked the UFC’s first trip to the nation’s capital, taking place at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C.
The card was aired in sections, with the preliminary card hitting Facebook and the main card obviously being broadcast on the Versus network. It was one of the more exciting cards from top to bottom that the UFC has put out in recent memory, with only two bouts seeing the distance and both of those being worthy Fight of the Night candidates. In the main event, UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz retained his belt after a five-round battle with Demetrious Johnson, despite breaking his hand early on in the fight.
These are figures estimated by the UFC; the official figures will be released by the DC Boxing and Wrestling Commission soon.