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WEC 47 suffers setback with $410,000 live gate

WEC 47 drew an estimated live gate of $401,000, which is down $140,000 from the promotion’s previous effort, WEC 46.

The numbers come courtesy of Ohio Athletic Commission Executive Director Bernie Profato who relayed the estimated figure to

WEC 47 took place on March 6 from the Nationwide arena in Columbus, Ohio and featured a headlining bout between Brian Bowles and Dominick Cruz for the WEC’s bantamweight crown.

In comparison, WEC 46 drew an estimated live gate of $550,000 while featuring a main event between Jamie Varner and Benson Henderson for the WEC lightweight title, along with a notable appearance by Urijah Faber in the co-headliner against Rapahael Assuncao.

The attendance for WEC 47 suffered a significant drop from WEC 46, plummeting to 8,345 from 10,027.

WEC 48 is slated for pay-per-view on April 24, featuring a main event between Jose Aldo and Urijah Faber for the promotion’s featherweight title, along with a lightweight championship match-up between Benson Henderson and Donald Cerrone that will act as the co-main.

  • Dufresne says:

    The only reason I can think of a drop in the viewership and in the gate is the change in venue. WEC 46 was in Sacramento and had both the WEC’s and Sacramento’s favorite fighter in Urijah Faber which always equals a sellout.

  • Angry Mike says:

    I wonder if WEC is too specialized with just the lighter weights. It may not be possible to build an org. around just three weight classes, especially when you’re competing with UFC in one of them–155 lbs. I hope their ppv goes well, but I fear the numbers will be a disappointment, too.

  • bmwiest says:

    Maybe the drop in viewership has to do with the amount of pay per views and events there are. I feel Dana, UFC and WEC are pushing people away with the amount of events they are having. The fact that Direct TV did not have Versus for this event didn’t help which I did find it odd that shortly after this event Versus comes to an agreemtn with DTV.


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