UFC 168 will forever be remembered for it’s stunning main event in which Anderson Silva broke his leg over the knee of middleweight champion Chris Weidman. This marked Silva’s second loss in the UFC and produced more questions than answers given the odd circumstances that surrounded the finish.
A women’s bantamweight rivalry also concluded in the co-main event as Ronda Rousey defended her title against opposing Ultimate Fighter coach Miesha Tate with a 3rd round armbar. This was the first time Rousey had been taken out of the first round.
Other notable match ups included a heavyweight bout between Josh Barnett and Travis Browne in which Browne knocked Barnett out, and a featherweight fight between Dustin Poirier and Diego Brandao, another finish due to strikes and a win for Poirier.
Before the event took place, it’s live gate and PPV sales were expected to be high if not record breaking.
In an email from the Nevada State Athletic Commission the ticket sales and live occupancy were detailed:
UFC 168 took place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The last event that the UFC held there was UFC 167 which was headlined by Georges St-Pierre and Johny Hendricks. While the attendance for this event was higher at 14,856, the total gate was lower at $5,759,350.
This fight was dubbed by UFC president Dana White as the biggest fight they’d ever done and while PPV numbers have not yet been released, UFC 168 fell short of another Anderson Silva bout, the rematch with Chael Sonnen, at the same venue. That bout had a live gate of $6,901,655 with an attendance of 15,104.
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