UFC 148 shattered all prior records in Sin City. The record which was previously held by UFC 66, where Chuck Liddel defended his Light Heavyweight Championship against Tito Ortiz, stood for nearly 6 years after drawing a $5.3 million gate. The epic rematch between Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen left that number in the dust, drawing a live gate of $6.5 million
MMA Junkie has also reported the payouts for the evening’s headlining bouts, with Forrest Griffin being the top earner after taking home a $150k win bonus in his victory over Tito Ortiz, who took home $250k in the final bout of his illustrious career.
The numbers listed below do not include discretionary bonuses and Pay Per-View bonuses, which both Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen earn a percentage of.
- Forrest Griffin: $275,000 ($125,000 + $150,000 win bonus)
- Tito Ortiz: $250,000
- Anderson Silva: $200,000 (no win bonus)
- Chael Sonnen: $50,000
- Cung Le: $150,000 (no win bonus)
- Patrick Cote: $21,000