UFC 127 drew 18,186 people to Sydney, Australia’s Acer Arena for a live gate of $3.5 million dollars, setting records for the UFC’s largest attendance and gate outside of North America, UFC executive Marshall Zelaznik announced after Sunday’s event.
The Acer Arena matched a company record when the event sold out in just twenty-two minutes.
UFC 127 Bonuses
The UFC handed out $75,000 bonuses for UFC 127, as Mark Hunt won “Knockout of the Night,” Kyle Noke scored “Submission of the Night,” and Brian Ebersole and Chris Lytle earned “Fight of the Night”.
Mark Hunt finally got back in the MMA win column for the first time since 2006 with a second-round knock out over Chris Tuchscherer. Hunt blasted Tuchscherer with an uppercut that knocked him out of the fight and likely out of the UFC. The knockout was also good enough to earn Hunt $75,000 for a “Knockout of the Night” bonus.
Australian fighter Kyle Noke secured a rear naked choke against opponent Chris Camozzi to earn himself a $75,000 “Submission of the Night” award.
Veteran of the Australian fight scene Brian Ebersole and UFC veteran Chris Lytle picked up the “Fight of the Night” for their entertaining scrap. Ebersole wound up pulling off the upset on short notice with an unorthodox attack and constant pressure that secured him a decision victory.
Other Notes from the Press Conference:
- James Te Huna donated his entire purse towards relief efforts in his native New Zealand, Zelaznik went on to state that the UFC would match the amount of his purse to pledge towards those affected by natural disaster
- Zelaznik also reported that one possible plan for an international “The Ultimate Fighter” would be a Team UK versus Team Australia. Zelaznik went on to say that nothing was in the works for this year as of now but could happen in the future.
- Zelaznik stated that the UFC is interested in doing a stadium show in Melbourne at the Etihad. The only current obstacle being that the state of Victoria only allows for MMA competitions in a ring.