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‘Night of Combat II’ a Moral Victory, If Not a Financial One

(TUF 3 castmember Josh Haynes finishes off Sean Salmon with a leglock at “Night of Combat II.” Photo courtesy of Sherdog.)

Revenue numbers are in for last Saturday’s “Night of Combat II” show in Las Vegas, and it looks like Superfights MMA and KC Concepts took a bath on it. Only 1,063 tickets were sold at the 9,000-seat Thomas & Mack arena, bringing in a live gate of $32,405 — which didn’t come close to covering the disclosed payroll of $160,500. (Comped tickets brought the total attendance up to 1,735 spectators.) Here’s what the fighters took home:

— Hector Ramirez ($20,000, including $5,000 win bonus) def. Rick Roufus ($15,000)
Jay Hieron ($20,000) def. Chris Kennedy ($8,500)
Mike Pyle ($20,000) def. Brian Gassaway ($15,000)
John Alessio ($15,000) def. Gideon Ray ($15,000)
— Josh Haynes ($10,000, including $5,000 win bonus) def. Sean Salmon ($7,000)
— Jonathan Mix ($3,000) def. John Halverson ($3,000)
— Patrick Gonsalves ($1,500) def. Shawn David ($1,500)
— Elena Reid ($1,500) def. Stephanie Palmer ($1,500)
— Ryan Hess ($1,500) def. Ian Omalza ($1,500)

“I know the house wasn’t full,” co-promoter Kim Couture told MMA Mania. “But I put this on for the guys and as long as they had fun it was worth it. I’d like to think we’re going to do more shows.”

But it’s not like Night of Combat II’s weak performance was out of the ordinary for Las Vegas combat sports these days. Sherdog reports that a light heavyweight championship boxing match between Antonio Tarver and Chad Dawson — held the same night and promoted by Gary Shaw — drew only 911 fans to the 1,770-seat Pearl at the Palms for what was expected to be a sellout. (By the way, Tarver pocketed $1 million for his decision loss, while Dawson got $800,000.) And of course there’s the sluggish sales for the pricier seats at UFC 91.

So maybe this terrible economy is hurting Vegas after all. But at least the fighters are fighting. Said Night of Combat II co-promoter Skip Kelp: “It doesn’t help the bank account, but there is some sense of gratification in being able to take care of the fighters like that. It would have been nice if there had been a stroke of good karma to have more people there.”

Related: “A Night of Combat II” Medical Suspensions

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KTFO- October 16, 2008 at 9:20 am
It makes me happy to know "Bring the Pain" is still working. I was worried that after riding bulls with Vanilla Ice he would have seen how sad his life was and killed himself.
Scott Whitt- October 15, 2008 at 3:13 am
$15k for Gideon Ray? Are you f'n kidding me? There is $10k they could have saved right there. Seriously though, I think it is good that they are putting on these shows that were very nicely priced. If I lived there I would have gone. I hope they try and keep the same price range.
Brad- October 14, 2008 at 7:18 pm
The good thing for Kim is that a lot of that money just comes right back to the gym. I think this is a really good idea for them to put on these kinds of shows. Who knows, maybe they have some sort of agreement with the UFC or something as a feeder league.