UFC 229 Attendance, Gate, Bonuses
Despite the madness that took place after the main event, the UFC can still consider UFC 229 a success on the financial side of things.
UFC 229 drew an attendance of 20,034 fans for a gate of $17.18 million, marking this the biggest gate the UFC has ever done in Las Vegas and second-biggest of all time behind UFC 205 in November 2016 — the MMA promotion’s first Madison Square Garden card, also headlined by McGregor.
To compare, UFC 226 drew a gate of $5.67 million, and UFC 202 — the last time McGregor headlined a Vegas card — drew a little over $7 million.
The Fight of the Night went to the co-main event of Tony Ferguson vs. Anthony Pettis. Ferguson was in complete control for the opening round, but he was rocked hard in the second round that saw both men busted wide open. The two attempted multiple flashy techniques, and Ferguson got in control again with several elbow shots. The fight was ultimately stopped by Pettis’ corner after the second, as Pettis broke his hand.
Performance bonuses went to Derrick Lewis and Aspen Ladd. Lewis pulled out a last-second knockout over Alexander Volkov, nearly losing by decision before the sudden punch with 11 seconds left. Meanwhile, Ladd put on a dominating, noteworthy showing against former Invicta FC champ Tonya Evinger.
All bonus winning fighters will receive an additional $50,000 to their event pay.