The UFC made history in Brooklyn on Saturday night when they made their ESPN and ESPN+ debut. The stacked card was headlined by a Flyweight Title fight between champion Henry Cejudo and Bantamweight Champion TJ Dillashaw. Also on the card was the official UFC debut of former NFL player Greg Hardy, the return of Paige VanZant, and fan favorite Donald Cerrone.
The event drew 12,152 fans for a gate of $1.23 million.
UFC on ESPN+ 1 marked the third time the Octagon has been inside the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The first event came back at UFC 208 in 2017. That event, headlined by Holly Holm vs. Germaine de Randamie, drew 15,628 fans for a gate of $2.275 million. Last year, Khabib Nurmagomedov squared off with Al Iaquinta at UFC 223 in Brooklyn. That event, which was originally scheduled to be Khabib against Tony Ferguson, drew 17,026 fans for a gate of $3.007 million.
When it comes to bonuses, Donald Cerrone was the big winner. Cowboy took home Performance of the Night for stopping Alexander Hernandez in the second round with strikes in their lightweight bout. The hard-hitting affair also won Fight of the Night bonus. With both bonuses, Cerrone has now earned the most bonus money in UFC history.
The other Performance of the Night bonus went to Henry Cejudo for his 32-second TKO victory over TJ Dillashaw in the main event.
Gate: $1.23 million
Fight of the Night ($50,000 each): Donald Cerrone vs. Alexander Hernandez
Performance of the Night ($50,000 each): Donald Cerrone and Henry Cejudo