UFC 168 already has sold $750,000 worth of tickets, says UFC boss Dana White


anderson-silva-56.jpgLAS VEGAS – UFC President Dana White believes UFC 168 will eclipse UFC 100 in pay-per-view buys, but he said it’s also gotten harder to find a ticket to see the event live.

White said the promotion already has sold $750,000 worth of tickets from personal requests to his former secretary and current VP of event operations, Donna Marcolini.

“That’s what Donna has sold, alone,” White said during a pre-event press conference in support of the Dec. 28 pay-per-view card, which takes place Dec. 28 at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena.

The event is headlined by a rematch between new middleweight kingpin Chris Weidman and Anderson Silva, who lost his belt to the American in July at UFC 162. Presale tickets are available to UFC Fight Club members beginning Wednesday, with the general public gaining access on Friday.

White knew the first fight was big when mainstream media were covering it long after its denouement, which saw Weidman deliver a shocking upset by knocking out a clowning Silva, and he’s confident the rematch will sell even better than the UFC’s biggest event to date.

UFC 100 did a reported 1.6 million pay-per-view buys and generated a live gate of $5,128,490, which stands as the third highest MMA gate in Nevada’s history.

“To this point, it will be the biggest fight ever,” White told MMAjunkie.com of UFC 168. “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 MGM Grand to talk up the rematch. Silva was tense for the media but opened up during a fan-led Q&A session that followed the press conference.

White said that prior to the first fight, Weidman guaranteed he would knock Silva out and give the champion an immediate rematch in Madison Square Garden. While MMA remains illegal in the Empire State, Weidman’s first prediction came true.

It’s now up to Silva to even the score, and the question of whether that’s possible is bound to drive a sellout on Dec. 28.

For the latest on UFC 168, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

(Pictured: Anderson Silva)

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

  • 26 days ago
  • 16 views

LAS VEGAS - The UFC 182 main event between UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and undefeated challenger Daniel Cormier is one of the most highly anticipated bouts in recent years. Except, perha read news >>

  • 13 days ago
  • 39 views

A one-night stay in rehab for cocaine? UFC President Dana White has refuted that characterization of UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>

  • 27 days ago
  • 65 views

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is just a few days ahead of what is arguably the biggest fight of his life against No. 1 contender Danie Cormier in the main event of UFC 182, and instead of read news >>

  • 27 days ago
  • 23 views

UFC President Dana White is still holding out hope that two of the organization’s biggest pay-per-view stars will return to the octagon in 2015.Filed under: News read news >>

  • 27 days ago
  • 122 views

UFC president Dana White on Tuesday weighed in on Jones vs. Cormier, and also admitted he is hopeful for Georges St-Pierre and Brock Lesnar returns. read news >>

  • 26 days ago
  • 71 views

LAS VEGAS -- UFC president Dana White kept a close eye on Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier during the staredown portion of UFC 182 media day Thursday evening in Las Vegas. read news >>

  • 26 days ago
  • 6 views

UFC President today confirmed what Rory MacDonald wanted to avoid. The welterweight standout has to wait his turn. read news >>

  • 26 days ago
  • 52 views

On Thursday UFC President Dana White confirmed outspoken featherweight contender Conor McGregor is one win away from a title shot. Soon after, the division’s reigning champ, Jose Aldo, posted this ph read news >>

  • 25 days ago
  • 4 views

UFC President Dana White predicts 750,000 buys for Saturday night's UFC 182 PPV event. Over the past year, much has been said about the state of Pay-Per-View and its future in UFC's business model. O read news >>