UFC 232: Attendance, Gate, Bonuses
The UFC faced madness, controversy and backlash following move of UFC 232 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, to The Forum in Inglewood, California on six days’ notice. But UFC President Dana White potentially got the last laugh.
UFC 232 ended up drawing a sell-out crowd of 15,862, earning a gate of $2.06 million.
The pay-per-view main card opener between featherweights Chad Mendes and Alexander Volkanovski was awarded Fight of the Night. Despite a bit of a slow start, the two traded until Volkanovski finished Mendes in the final minute of the second round.
Performance bonuses went to Amanda Nunes and Ryan Hall. In the co-main event of UFC 232, Nunes, the UFC women’s bantamweight champion, shocked the world by stopping Cris Cyborg in less than a minute to gain the UFC Women’s Featherweight Title. Nunes now becomes the first woman in UFC history (and sixth UFC fighter overall) to win titles in two different weight classes, as well as the first woman in UFC history to hold two titles simultaneously (third UFC fighter overall, joining Conor McGregor and Daniel Cormier). In the start of the FS1 prelims, Hall stopped B.J. Penn in the first round with a heel hook submission, becoming the only man to submit the UFC Hall of Famer.
All bonus winners earned an additional $50,000.