Ufc 40: Vendettatops Nevada Fight Attendance;ranks Third For All U.s. Fights In 2002
From Josh Hedges/Zuffa:
UFC 40: VENDETTA
TOPS NEVADA FIGHT ATTENDANCE;
RANKS THIRD FOR ALL U.S. FIGHTS IN 2002
Ultimate Fighting Championship Drew Two of Nevada’s Top Four Fight Crowds; Also Ranks Fourth, Seventh In Gate Receipts For Year
LAS VEGAS, January 6, 2002…The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) drew Nevada’s largest fight crowd of 2002 when it had a total in the MGM Grand Garden Arena of 13,770 on November 22 for UFC 40: Vendetta. That sell-out crowd also ranks as the third largest total-in-arena attendance for a fighting event in the U.S. for the year. The July 20 welterweight boxing match between Vernon Forrest and "Sugar" Shane Moseley at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind., ranked first nationally with 15,775; the June 7 heavyweight boxing title fight between Lennox Lewis and Mike Tyson at The Pyramid in Memphis, Tenn., was second with 15,327.
UFC 40: Vendetta also ranked as the fourth largest fight event in gate receipts in Nevada, $1,540,340.00. A second UFC event, UFC 36: Worlds Collide, held March 22 at the MGM Grand, ranked fourth for total-in-arena attendance, 8,327, and seventh in gate receipts, $898,850.00 in Nevada for the year. UFC 40: Vendetta featured the return of legend Ken Shamrock in a light heavyweight title fight against champion Tito Ortiz. Ortiz retained his title with a third-round technical knockout.
"To be number one in fight attendance in Nevada for the year makes a major statement about the increasing popularity of our brand of fight entertainment with mainstream sports fans. We certainly thank all our fans for their support and look forward to the day when we are number one in every category," said Dana White, UFC president.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), headquartered in Las Vegas, Nev., is the world’s leading mixed martial arts association. Owned and operated by Zuffa LLC, the UFC programs six live pay-per-view events yearly through cable and satellite providers. In addition to its U.S. distribution on iN DEMAND, DIRECTV, TVN and Dish Network, UFC events are distributed internationally through British Sky Broadcasting, WOWOW, Inc., in Japan, Globosat in Brazil and Modern Sports and Entertainment in Scandinavia. UFC licenses video games for all major playing platforms through Crave Entertainment.
The UFC’s next live PPV event will be at 10 p.m. EST/7 p.m. PST on Friday, February 28, 2003, from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J.
Note: Information in this news release was provided by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, the Indiana Boxing Commission, the Tennessee Boxing Commission and published news reports.
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