TUF: Live Finale draws 1,600 for live gate of $195K
“The Ultimate Fighter: Live Finale” drew 1,628 in attendance for a live gate of $195,250 at the Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada on Friday night.
The UFC announced the numbers at the post-fight press conference.
The event featured a welterweight bout between contenders Martin Kampmann and Jake Ellenberger, in which the former earned a second round technical knockout win after surviving Ellenberger’s first round offense.
While the 170 lb. contest headlined the event, the reason for the finale was to wrap up the promotion’s 15’th season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” which was the first season on FX and also the first season featuring a live format. Mike Chiesa earned the title of “The Ultimate Fighter” with a first round technical submission win over Al Iaquinta. Chiesa also walked away with a trophy, a six-figure contract, and a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
This season of “The Ultimate Fighter” featured coaches Urijah Faber and Dominick Cruz, who picked eight lightweights each. Every contest of the tournament was broadcast live on FX, marking the first time the series featured a season that was not taped before airing.