Leading up to Saturday’s “UFC 92: The Ultimate 2008” event that emanated from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, published reports circulated in late-November and early-December that ticket sales to the UFC’s biggest event of the year were sluggish.

However, after a slow start, it would appear that UFC 92 made up a lot of lost ground at the box office in recent weeks with UFC President Dana White revealing strong attendance figures for the event during last night’s post-fight press conference.

According to MMAjunkie.com, White stated that UFC 92 drew 14,103 attendees for a total gate of $3.47 million. Those numbers fall short of last month’s UFC 91 event at the MGM, which drew a reported 14,272 attendees for a total gate of $4.82 million. However, at a time in which both the national and Las Vegas economies are struggling, the totals for UFC 92 have to be viewed as strong considering that the promotion had just held a major event in the same market six weeks ago.

The official box office totals for UFC 92 will not be made public by the Nevada State Athletic Commission until later this week. However, if White’s preliminary totals are accurate, then last night’s event will stand as the MGM’s fifth largest gate for a UFC-promoted event behind only UFCs 66, 91, 71, and 84.