UFC 168 Has Already Sold $750,000 Worth Of Tickets
Posted by Joseph Lee on 09.24.2013
According to Dana White...
MMA Junkie reports that during a pre-event press conference, Dana White said he thinks UFC 168 will sell more PPV buys than UFC 100, as it's harder to find a ticket to see it live. The promotion has sold $750,000 worth of tickets from personal requests to his former secretary and current VP of event operations, Donna Marcolini. The event takes place on December 28 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
White said: "That's what Donna has sold, alone."
The event features a main event between middleweight champion Chris Weidman and Anderson Silva. Silva lost the belt to Weidman in July at UFC 162. Presale tickets are available to UFC Fight Club members starting tomorrow. Everyone else can buy them starting Friday.
White said he knew the first fight was big after the mainstream media coverage, as Weidman knocked out a clowning Silva for the upset.
UFC 100 sold 1.6 million PPV buys and a live gate of $5,128,490. It's the third highest MMA gate in Nevada history.
White added: "To this point, it will be the biggest fight ever. I think it's going to beat it. I'd be shocked if this didn't beat it. I can think of the Jones-Gustafsson that I was just at, which was f---ing awesome, just the energy watching that fight happen. And can you imagine when the lights drop and we get ready for the main event? It's going to be crazy. It's one of those fights where I want to be there live for that fight. It's going to be insane."
Weidman and Silva appeared today at the arena to talk about the rematch. Silva didn't talk as much for the media but opened up during the fan-led Q&A session afterward. White said before the first fight, Weidman guaranteed he would knock Silva out and give him a rematch in Madison Square Garden. Since MMA is still illegal in New York, only the first part was true.