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As expected, tickets for the
Ultimate Fighting Championship’s first event in Brazil since
1998 did not last long.
Rio de Janeiro’s HSBC Arena will be configured to seat
approximately 14,000 when it hosts UFC
134 “Silva vs. Okami” on Aug. 27. All of those tickets were
accounted for 74 minutes after being put on sale to the general
public via ticketing service Ingresso.com Friday at 11:30 p.m.
local time. According to a release from the UFC’s Brazilian branch,
a limited presale conducted Thursday also sold out in less than 40
HSBC Arena was originally expected to hold around 16,500 for the
event. Per UFC Brazil, seating was scaled back to accommodate video
monitors for fans.
“Six high-quality screens will be installed around the arena...
2,629 seats were blocked and withdrawn from sale due to the
installation of the equipment,” the company stated.
Though speedy, UFC 134 was not the fastest-selling event in the
promotion’s history. Both UFC 127 in Sydney, Australia, and UFC 115
in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, sold out in just 30
minutes, moving more than 18,000 and 17,000 tickets,
The fight card for UFC 134 features a slew of Brazilian talent,
foremost among them UFC middleweight champion Anderson
Silva, who looks to defend his belt for an unprecedented ninth
straight time against Japanese contender Yushin
Okami. Additional main card bouts will see locally grown
“Shogun” Rua and Antonio
Rodrigo Nogueira face off against American adversaries in
respective bouts with Forrest
Griffin and Brendan
Schaub. In all, more than 10 Brazilian competitors are expected
to line the card.