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TUF 20 Finale By the Numbers: Bonuses, Gate, Attendance

TUF 20 Finale By the Numbers: Bonuses, Gate, Attendance

The Ultimate Fighter Season 20 Finale was a historic event: the first time the promotion crowned a 115 lb women’s champion, and reportedly the first event without a single fighter over 155 lbs.

At the press conference following the event, the TUF 20 Finale attendance was announced at 1800, for a live gate of $143,000 at The Pearl Concert Theater at The Palms Resort in Las Vegas.

The attendance number is comparable to earlier shows at The Palms, but the earnings are substantially lower.

Compare to similar reports for The Ultimate Fighter Live Finale, which was held at the Palms in 2012, and drew an attendance of 1628 for a gate of $195,000; or The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale, which was held at the Palms in 2011, which netted an attendance of 1,909 for a gate of $453,000.

Also announced was the traditional post-event bonuses which were distributed to UFC fighters for particularly memorable performances.

“Fight of the Night” honors belonged to Jessica Penne and Randa Markos. Penne won a split decision in their hotly contested three round bout on the main card, but both net a $50,000 bonus.

“Performance of the Night” honors were awarded to two fighters who recorded submission finishes: Carla Esparza, who won the UFC Strawweight title with her victory in the main event against Rose Namajunas; and Yancy Medeiros, whose spectacular spinning back kick led to a guillotine choke finish of Joe Proctor in their lightweight attraction.

Earlier in the night, it was revealed that Namajunas and quarterfinal opponent Joanne Calderwood earned a $25,000 bonus for having the season’s best fight. Namajunas earns another $25,000 for recording the win that night.

Randa Markos also earned an additional $25,000 as a performance bonus for the season’s best finish: her armbar victory over Felice Herrig in the quarterfinals.

Calderwood also fought at the Finale, scoring a unanimous decision victory over Seo Hee Ham among the evening’s preliminary bouts.

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