UFC 286 marked another successful pay-per-view event for the organization.The O2 Arena was packed from the get-go for this 15-fight card, and the fighters gave the fans plenty to cheer about throughout the evening.
In the post-fight media scrum, UFC president Dana White revealed strong numbers indicating that UFC 286 was a huge success. The live gate for the event was $8.58 million. The sold-out O2 Arena packed 17, 588 fans making UFC 286 the highest grossing single-night event ever in the venue's history.
Check out Dana White's appearance at the post-fight media scrum below:
Jake Hadley and Gunnar Nelson were awarded Performance of the Night bonuses, while Justin Gaethje and Rafael Fiziev were awarded Fight of the Night bonuses.
The co-main event between top lightweight contenders Justin Gaethje and Rafael Fiziev lived up to everyone's expectations, as the two men traded power shots for 15 highly entertaining minutes. They battled it out until the last bell, as the judges were left with the difficult task of deciding a victor. Gaethje eventually won via majority decision.
With eleven bonuses in as many fights, Justin Gaethje set the UFC record for most bonuses collected. Gaethje lived up to his reputation as one of the most entertaining fighters on the UFC roster, as evidenced by this record.
UFC 286 is also now tied for the most split/majority decision in UFC history with The Ultimate Fighter: Undefeated Finals (6).
Justin Gaethje claims "he won't be around much longer" following victory over Rafael Fiziev at UFC 286
In the co-main event of UFC 286, Justin Gaethje snapped Rafael Fiziev's winning streak, handing 'Ataman' his first loss since 2019.
Gaethje returned to the win column following his submission loss to Charles Oliveira for the lightweight championship at UFC 274.
The fight between Gaethje and Fiziev was an excellent contest between two elite contenders, with the former interim lightweight champion demonstrating that he still has plenty of fight left in him.
However, Gaethje claimed in the post-fight octagon interview that he might not be around for a longtime. He said:
“The perfect dance partner. I got my takedown, everybody can shut the f**k up now. These guys are young, hungry and that’s a dangerous motherf***er right there. I’m taking one more run at the title but I won’t be around much longer.”
Catch Gaethje's comments below: