UFC 88 draws 14,736 for $2.6 million gate

by Woody on 7th September 2008

Saturday’s UFC 88 event, which took place at Philips Arena in Atlanta, earned a $2.6 million gate according to UFC President Dana White.

White confirmed the numbers in a post-UFC 88 press conference.

The amount scored as the second-highest total in the nine-year history of the arena — narrowly falling short of the amount earned by a 2006 Barbara Streisand concert. White was jovial about falling short of the record mark, stating that he “wants a rematch with Barbara.”

Additionally, White said the official attendance for Saturday’s pay-per-view event was 14,736. The near-capacity crowd was a positive sign for the organization, and White said the UFC would likely return to Atlanta in the future.

Saturday’s UFC 88 was the organization’s first trip to Georgia in over 11 years.

Augusta, Ga., played host to UFC 11 in 1996, as well as current heavyweight champion Randy Couture’s MMA debut at UFC 13 in 1997. Those two events played out in front of a half-empty, 8,500-seat Augusta Civic Center.

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