Evening News and Notes: UFC 94 Gate Numbers, Additions to Sengoku & More

Georges St. Pierre. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Here are your news and notes for the evening of February 16, 2009.


  • UFC 94, which took place on January 31 and featured George St. Pierre’s fourth-round TKO win over B.J. Penn, drew a sold-out crowd of 14,885 attendees for a live gate (money from tickets sold) of $4,290,020 according to the numbers released by the Nevada State Athletic Commission earlier today. Of those in attendance, only 1,263 received complimentary tickets. The event is expected to have garnered over 1 million buys on pay-per-view.

  • James Thompson and Nam Phan are set to be part of World Victory Road’s next upcoming “Sengoku” event on March 20 in Japan. According to MMA Junkie, Thompson, a longtime veteran of the British MMA circuit, will return to action at the show and an opponent is being finalized for him. Phan will be the latest addition to WVR’s inaugural featherweight grand prix says Nightmare of Battle. A formal announcement regarding Phan’s participation is expected shortly.

  • Karo Parisyan’s suspension for testing positive for a variety of painkillers has been temporarily upheld pending a review of his case. “The Heat” now has until the beginning of next month to file a request for a review. The Nevada State Athletic Commission made the decision at a public hearing this afternoon according to MMA Weekly’s “MMA Insider Blog. In other UFC news, Josh Neer has reportedly inked a new four-fight deal with the promotion.

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