Those numbers pale in comparison to the UFC's previous trip to the Bridgestone Arena, UFC Fight Night 18, which took place in April 2009. Led by a main event featuring Carlos Condit vs. Martin Kampmann, the show drew 10,267 spectators for a live gate of $626,077.
Fans in attendance on Friday night witnessed a drama-filled card highlighted by eight finishes, six of which arrived in the first round. In the night's main event Jim Miller survived an early blitz to submit Melvin Guillard at 2:04 of the opening frame with a rear-naked choke.
"Melvin, tonight he hit me harder than anybody has hit me," Miller hazily said afterward. "My head hurts a little bit. It doesn't happen often that I get knocked down, but Melvin is an animal. I knew he was capable of that. Luckily, I went on autopilot. I don't really remember what happened after he knocked me down until I basically had his back."
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