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Epic Fail: EliteXC’s Live Gate

(Robbie Lawler does his best Joe Stevenson impression at EliteXC: Unfinished Business. Photo courtesy of Esther Lin via Fightlinker.)

The California State Athletic Commission has released figures on the attendance and gate revenue for Saturday’s “Unfinished Business” show, and good Lord are they awful. Of the 8,541 seats available for the event, only 2,871 — or 33.6% — were purchased by fans. Of the remainder, 3,701 were given away as comps, and 2,023 went totally unused. The 2,871 paid tickets brought in $268,715 in revenue, which is less than the dollar value of the tickets that were given away ($340,960).

So, not only was “Unfinished Business” a ratings disappointment, but its live attendance (6,752 Stocktonites in total) was destroyed by other major MMA events held in California recently. For example…

Affliction: Banned — 14,832 total attendance, 11,242* paid (Anaheim, 7/19/08)
Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Thomson — 7,288 total, 6,750 paid (San Jose, 6/27/08)
WEC 34: Faber vs. Pulver — 12,001 total, paid figure unavailable (Sacramento, 6/1/08)
Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Le — 15,192 total, 14,710 paid (San Jose, 3/29/08)
UFC 76 (their most recent event in California) — 13,770 total, 11,817 paid (Anaheim, 9/22/07)
* figure is debatable.

Back in May, EliteXC’s “Primetime” card — held at Newark’s Prudential Center and starring Kimbo Slice and Gina Carano — drew a respectable 8,033 spectators. EliteXC plans on holding their next CBS show in October at the 20,000-seat BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. Of course Kimbo is going to be a big draw in his home state, but unless EliteXC likes hearing the echo of thousands of empty seats, they might want to think about scaling back a little.

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Terjay- July 30, 2008 at 7:11 pm
That pic is very, very cool.
ClownBaby- July 30, 2008 at 1:05 pm
2800 tickets sold!?! WTF i've seen more sales for a HS football game......involving two towns of under 5000. I hope Kimbo draws more cuz nothing says 'we won't be around long' like 15,000 empty seats live on national tv.
RED- July 30, 2008 at 9:35 am
Maybe for their next venue they should put it in a high school gym. That way when all 5 people show up they can think they are actually doing something good. Hell, if we are lucky they might raffle off that 1 pound skittle bag from the concession stand. I'd be on that quicker than a cold sore on Kimbo's lip.
makr- July 30, 2008 at 4:58 am
yes lets keep mudwrecking the sport

me personally i'm mudwasted

fuck you

also lemme get some italics in these comments
Fedor Emelianenko DVD- July 29, 2008 at 10:35 pm
"I am gearing up for Elite XC: Finished Business."

^^ hahaha, good one, NealTaflinger :) I think EliteXC's management has made a huge load of errors this year. Hopefully that won't mean the end of it for them.
Earl- July 29, 2008 at 8:46 pm
^ That's f'n hilarious!
NealTaflinger- July 29, 2008 at 8:31 pm
I am gearing up for Elite XC: Finished Business.
carpetMuncher- July 29, 2008 at 8:08 pm
It doesnt really matter people will still watch kimbo because of his image. But it shows you the draw that kimbo has... with out kimbo were would elite xc be???? Even the people that arnt fans of kimbo will still watch it cause they want to see him lose.
Xamot- July 29, 2008 at 8:03 pm
sweet picture... if Gatorade made a gravy i'd imagine it would look like that.
Brad- July 29, 2008 at 7:42 pm
I don't understand why the tickets are so expensive. Maybe they could sell out and make the sport seem a little more respectable if they could charge a reasonable price. They are not the premier organization.