UFC 193 was originally expected to bring in well over 70,000 people inside Melbourne, Australia’s Etihad Stadium and blow the promotion’s attendance record out of the water.
That didn’t quite happen, but the UFC still managed to make history in the Ronda Rousey-led show, as 56,214 people punched their tickets to witness Zuffa’s historic event first-hand. UFC 193 surpasses UFC 129 — headlined by Georges St-Pierre in Toronto — by about 500 attendees.
The event drew a live gate of $6.8 million, good for fourth all-time in the promotion’s history.
It took a little more effort than usual to ensure the Melbourne event would go break as many records as it did.
“They had to open the roof, then close it section by section as they put the riggings up,” White said to MMAFighting. “We literally have every LED in the country. We actually had to borrow some stuff from Taylor Swift to pull this event off in here, the way that we do it.”
This calendar year now plays home to the first and third biggest shows in promotional history, with No. 3 coming in January when the UFC packed its bags for Stockholm, Sweden at UFC on FOX 14.
More impressively, the record-breaking event was headlined by two title fights featuring a pair of female champions. In the co-main event was Polish strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk, who successfully defended her title against Canada’s own Valerie Letourneau. The event’s headliner failed to defend her crown, as Rousey suffered the first defeat of her professional career against former pro boxer Holly Holm.