UFC 295 Second Highest Grossing Event In MSG History

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 11: A wide position of nan Octagon earlier nan UFC 295 arena astatine Madison ... [+] Square Garden connected November 11, 2023 successful New York City. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

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The UFC waited a agelong clip for MMA to go ineligible successful New York. Since nan ban connected nan athletics was lifted in 2016, nan UFC has made its beingness felt successful nan state. With nan occurrence of Saturday’s UFC 295 pay-per-view card, nan promotion now has nan apical 3 highest-grossing events successful nan history of Madison Square Garden.

UFC 295, which took spot connected November 11, had an attendance of 19,039 and a gross of $12,432,563. The arena saw Tom Aspinall crowned nan interim UFC heavyweight champion with a first-round knockout triumph complete Sergei Pavlovich. In nan evening’s headlining bout, Alex Pereira became a two-division UFC champion erstwhile he knocked retired erstwhile UFC ray heavyweight champion Jiri Prochazka to declare nan vacant UFC ray heavyweight crown. Pereira held nan UFC middleweight loop from November 2022 done April 2023.

As successful arsenic UFC 295 was astatine nan container office, its gross number fell short of nan first UFC conflict paper to beryllium held astatine MSG. That card, UFC 205, took spot successful November 2016 and drew 20,427 fans to nan vaunted arena for a gross of $17,740,543. In nan headlining bout of that event, Conor McGregor knocked retired Eddie Alvarez to go nan first UFC combatant to clasp 2 titles astatine nan aforesaid time. McGregor entered nan octagon that nighttime arsenic nan UFC featherweight champion. He added Alvarez’s UFC lightweight title to his trophy lawsuit pinch a second-round knockout win.

The third-highest gross successful MSG history belongs to UFC 281, which took spot connected November 12, 2022. Pereira besides fought successful nan main arena of that card, facing then-UFC middleweight titleholder Israel Adesanya. Pereira won nan loop that nighttime pinch a knockout successful nan 5th round. In nan co-headliner, Zhang Weili became a two-time UFC strawweight champion erstwhile she took nan loop from Carla Esparza via second-round submission. UFC 281 had a gross of $11,562,807 and an attendance of 20,845.

Overall, UFC 295 was nan fourth-highest grossing UFC pay-per-view arena successful nan history of nan promotion. It follows UFC 205, UFC 229 ($17,200,000), and UFC 264 ($15,759,800). The 5th highest grossing UFC paper was UFC 129 ($12,075,000).

*Gate GT and attendance numbers via UFC.

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