Considering the consensus best pound-for-pound fighter, Anderson Silva, will throw down at UFC 162 Saturday night, a few thousand eyebrows were likely raised earlier in the week when a report surfaced stating that the MGM Grand Garden Arena had only sold 25% of its tickets for the card. That wouldn’t have been good for the UFC.
Not surprisingly, Dana White was asked to comment on the report shortly into a press conference Thursday to promote the July 6th card. After relaying he wasn’t sure where ticket sales were at, the UFC President provided an update later on, and it sounds like ticket sales aren’t a problem. According to a follow up report from MMA Weekly.com, White announced that with a couple of days still to go before the event, 12,400 tickets have been sold for a gate of $4.26 million. The report adds that would already make UFC 162 the 8th highest grossing gate in MMA history.
What’s the current MMA record in Nevada? Last July’s UFC 148 card, which featured Anderson Silva taking on Chael Sonnen for a second time and grossed just over $6.9 million dollars.
The numbers White cited are still preliminary, and the Nevada State Athletic Commission will release the final figures next week, but clearly speculation ticket sales are lousy is incorrect. It will be interesting to what the pay-per-view figures are for the card as well (if that info ever sees the light of day), considering that Weidman hasn’t fought in a year and doesn’t have the profile yet of say someone like Sonnen.
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