— The Wrestling Observer Newsletter has gathered up the largest numbers in pro wrestling and MMA this year. Here are the largest attendances, most PPV buys, and largest gates in pro wrestling and MMA for 2005:
– The largest attendance for a wrestling show in 2005 was the 7/18 NOAH show at the Tokyo Dome, which drew 52,000 people. The largest mixed martial arts show was the 4/23 PRIDE show at the Osaka Dome, with 43,000.
– The most buys for a wrestling PPV in 2005 was WrestleMania with 985,000. The most for a mixed martial arts event was UFC 52 with Couture vs. Liddell, which got 280,000 buys.
– The largest gate for a mixed martial arts event in the U.S. was $2,575,450 for UFC 52. The largest for a pro wrestling event was $2,336,550 for WrestleMania.