The card was predicted to be one of the best things to ever happen to the UFC, and it lived up to that expectation.
"Mixed martial arts competitions have already proven to be major economic drivers across New York, and the jobs and revenue generated by this event illustrates the enormous impact of this growing industry in our state", New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement.
It looks like we know now, as the UFC released the official economic reports today.
Last week, UFC president Dana White opened up on Tyron Woodley's comments about racial prejudices affecting fighters' opportunities in the sport.
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"The numbers don't lie, a lot of people came out to support us and we're going to keep doing this up and down the state".
How much did the state make?
Conor McGregor defeated Eddie Alvarez in their lightweight championship bout during the UFC 205 event at Madison Square Garden on November 12, 2016 in New York City. Salaries and wages tied to the event added $18.3 million more, and the UFC also paid out $1.6 million in state taxes.
How many jobs were created?
An estimated 300 jobs in the NY metropolitan area were supported by the event. There is no news on if theses were temporary or long term positions.
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The previous record for UFC was set at UFC 129 and that was back in April of 2011. The promotion has said it will run at least four events per year in New York State for the first three years since the ban was lifted.
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The MSG event also set UFC attendance records, with 15,480 at the weigh-in and 20,427 at the fight, while also establishing commercial pay-per-view and social media records.
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12, 2016, which set a live gate record for the arena as well as reached new heights in social media and pay-per-view buys for the promotion, also created $18.3 million in salaries and wages for NY employees, the analysis said.