UFC 101 Philadelphia Tickets Sell at a Record Pace

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Updated: July 2, 2009
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UFC 101 BJ Penn vs Kenny Florian is setting state records for ticket sales, according to UFC Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Marc Ratner,

“We put tickets on sale, I believe sometime at the end of April or early May, and we’ve sold almost 14,000 tickets … It’s the biggest event in Pennsylvania history, as far as a live gate, already.”

“We’ve sold over $3 million worth of tickets …. No boxing match has ever sold that much. When you go back 75 years ago, Jack Dempsey fought there (Philadelphia), and they had 100,000 people watching the fight. But tickets in those days? Maybe if you interpolated those dollars into what it’s worth today, it wouldn’t be there, but actual dollars — like $3.2 million – [UFC 101] is the largest gate in Pennsylvania history.” [MMAJunkie]

Ticket sales are just going to get better as the UFC expands its brand into video games, magazines, gyms and toys. The UFC has come into its own, watch out boxing, the UFC is ready to become the biggest draw in town.

6 Comments

  1. zack

    July 2, 2009 at 3:04 am

    BJ will either KO or submit Kenflo in their fight. I dont really like Forrest but i hope he KO's Anderson. But most likely it will be Forrest to get KO'd….

  2. Mike

    July 2, 2009 at 4:12 am

    i think this just shows how much Dana really makes in profit from this sport, as the fighters are paid terrible.

  3. mw55

    July 2, 2009 at 5:02 am

    I'll trade THEIR terrible checks for mine anyday. Growing up we fought daily just to be able to go outside. Only when everyone evolved to gangs and guns did That subside. Now you can get 6 to 7 figures a year to fight?! That's anything but terrible. Tell me you're joking, right?

  4. Mike

    July 2, 2009 at 5:20 am

    lol, UFC makes more money than Affliction yet affliction pays more and will still keep in business at the end of it. Dana has rightly hit the nail on the head stating just exactly how much money they make for the massive events (like 100, 101 etc)

    all said and done i wouldn't be surprised if Dana makes $50 mil total from one of those events where all the fighters in total will make around 5 mil (max).

    so yes, the fighters are paid terrible…. for the org and for what they do and how well they do it.

    compare the amount of money a boxer makes compared to a UFC fighter and you'll agree (and no boxers don't make more money from events anymore)

  5. Jay

    July 2, 2009 at 5:25 am

    Dana is cheap. Maybe Tito was right.

  6. mw55

    July 2, 2009 at 5:58 am

    Dana cheap? Maybe. But then why do SO many guys work for him and continue to sign with him? However cheap he is, guys are still getting rich working for him. And I don't know if Affliction will stay afloat. If the Barnett fight doesn't pan out…they're gonna be in serious trouble. They have to find some talent that ISN'T ex-ufc champ-now needs steady work caliber fighters.

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