Post UFC Fight Night 85 Notes: Bonus Winners, Gate/Attendance
Who won fight of the night? Who else was awarded performance bonuses? how many people were at Saturday’s event? Well all those questions were answered at the post-fight press conference following the UFC fight night 85 event.
The press conference was streamed live on ufc.com and Emceeing it was Tom Wright, who is the UFC’s managing director for Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
The UFC’s second time at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia drew 9,552 people for a live gate of $1.325 million Australian dollars which equates to $1 million US dollars.
Those numbers are significantly down from the UFC’s first appearance at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre as UFC Fight Night 33 in Dec. 2013 was attended by 11,393 fans for a 1.785 million Australian Dollar live gate. That event was also headlined by Mark Hunt as he and Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva went to war, fighting all 5 rounds to a draw in what many felt was fight of the year for 2013.
The UFC often awards 3 fight night bonuses each event including fight of the night and two performance bonuses each worth $50,000 each.
Taking home fight of the night honors for UFC fight night 85 was the entertaining lightweight scrap between young prospects Jake Matthews and Johnny Case. Matthews scored a late, third-round rear naked choke submission win over Case. The win was arguably Matthews’ most impressive to date often getting the better of the Striking exchanges even hurting Case on more than one occasion.
Surging welterweight contender Neil Magny took home a performance bonus for his third-round TKO win over former Bellator champion Hector Lombard in the co-headliner. The win was quite impressive considering the pounding Magny took in the first round.
And last but not least taking home the final performance bonus is none other than Mr. Mark Hunt for his powerful, walk off first-round KO win over former UFC heavyweight champ Frank Mir in the night’s headliner.