Last month's "WEC 42: Torres vs. Bowles" event, which featured Brian Bowles' stunning upset of then-WEC bantamweight champion Miguel Torres, officially drew 2,082 attendees.
Additionally, the live gate for the show was $175,835, Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director Keith Kizer today confirmed in an email to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
The Aug. 9 show took place at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
According to the NSAC, 1,640 of the 2,082 tickets were paid (with 442 complimentary tickets distributed for the show). A total of 870 tickets went unsold. (A new and larger version of The Joint opened back in April and expanded the venue's seating from a capacity of approximately 1,500 to 4,000.)
Man, I don't care how you want to spin it. These numbers are not good at all. I know the historic UFC 100 took place in Las Vegas about a month earlier than WEC 42, but you'd think they'd be able to do just a little bit better than this? The show did manage to get 670,000 viewers on the Versus channel. Which is the highest rated WEC show without Urijah Faber on the card. However, Versus is in limbo with DirecTV now, so a shadow is cast on those good fortunes as well.