Everybody loves the big men. That's the adage of combat sports.
For some reason, it didn't hold true for UFC 160: Velasquez vs. Bigfoot 2… at least, it didn't hold as true as it had in the past.
UFC 160 was the promotion's seventh consecutive annual Memorial Day Weekend event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Despite a UFC heavyweight title fight between Cain Velasquez and Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva headlining the fight card, and Junior dos Santos vs. Mark Hunt in the heavyweight co-main event, it was the lowest attended Memorial Day Weekend event that the UFC has held at the MGM Grand, by far.
UFC 160 had an announced crowd of 11,089 for a live gate of $2.94 million, according to UFC president Dana White.
The attendance was well below the next lowest, which was 12,606 for UFC 98: Rampage vs. Machida.
Only UFC 130: Rampage vs. Hamill had lower gate receipts, amassing just $2.58 million. No other Memorial Day Weekend UFC event in Las Vegas has accounted for less than $3.249 million.