UFC 241 is a big hit in California.
The Octagon invaded the Honda Center on Saturday night with a stacked fight card that included Daniel Cormier defending his UFC Heavyweight Title against Stipe Miocic and the return of Nate Diaz, who took on Anthony Pettis. With top names in Cormier and Diaz on the card, UFC 241 became the most successful MMA event in California history as 17,304 fans packed the Honda Center, leading to a gate of $3,237,032.
The last UFC event at the Honda Center was UFC 214, which was headlined by Jon Jones taking on Daniel Cormier. That event drew 16,610 fans for a gate of $2,448,870. The first fight between Miocic and Cormier drew 17,464 fans at the T-Mobile Arena for a gate of $5,677,238.21. Prior to UFC 241, the all-time MMA gate record for an event in California was held by UFC 60, which was headlined by the return of Royce Gracie as he took on Matt Hughes. UFC 60 drew 14,802 fans at the Staples Center for a gate of $2,900,090.
As far as bonuses go, it should come as no surprise that Paulo Costa and Yoel Romero took home Fight of the Night honors for their three-round slugfest. Costa picked up the victory via unanimous decision to remain unbeaten as a professional.
Meanwhile, Khama Worthy took home a Performance of the Night bonus for his first-round TKO over Devonte Smith. The other Performance of the Night bonus went to Stipe Miocic for his fourth-round TKO victory over Daniel Cormier to regain the UFC Heavyweight Title.
Attendance - 17,304
Gate - $3,237,032
Performances of the Night ($50,000 each) - Khama Worthy and Stipe Miocic
Fight of the Night ($50,000 each) - Paulo Costa vs. Yoel Romero