When the Ultimate Fighting Championship made its debut in Cleveland, Ohio for UFC 203, there was no telling how the crowd would turn out. Well, it’s safe to say that UFC president Dana White is very pleased with the crowd that was in attendance.
Quicken Loans Arena was packed with a sellout crowd of 18,875 fans in attendance to cheer on UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic, the hometown hero.
The crowd produced a live gate of $2.6 million.
Dana White was so pleased with the crowd that he praised them as one of the top three crowds to ever fill an arena for a UFC event.
“It was awesome,” White told WKYC.com. “This crowd was dynamite. Literally, probably one of the top three crowds ever. It was awesome. A great, great place for any sporting event, let alone a fight.”
Miocic successfully defended his title with a first-round knockout over Alistair Overeem.
After his win, Miocic played to the crowd with an enthusiastic “O-H-I-O” chant that was deafening throughout the arena. The fans definitely showed up and everyone noticed.
The only question fans should have now is: “when will the UFC be back to Cleveland?”