The UFC’s first visit to UK shores in 2010 for UFC 120 on October 16th hasn’t exactly been met with a great deal of enthusiasm by MMA fans.
The event, which is headlined by the UK’s own Michael Bisping who faces Japan’s Yoshihiro Akiyama and features a co-main event between Dan Hardy and Carlos Condit has been viewed as relatively weak and lacking in star power compared with some of the promotions other recent shows.
While UK fans are happy to see their homegrown talents like Bisping, Hardy and John Hathaway in action, there is also a desire to see some of the UFC’s big name international stars grace the octagon in the British Isles as well.
Despite that fans are snapping up tickets to the event, which will be held at the 02 Arena in London, with 8,000 sold in the first 36 hours according to the The Telegraph’s Gareth A Davies.
That means tickets are selling faster than the last time the UFC appeared at the same arena back in June of 2008 when Chuck Liddell was set to headline against Rashad Evans until Liddell pulled out injured. The event then went ahead with Matt Hughes Vs Thiago Alves as the main event backed up by Michael Bisping Vs Jason Day, and was watched by over 15,000 fans.
Tickets for the event, which are priced at £50, £75, £100, £125, £175 and £250, are on sale now at ticketmaster.co.uk and the O2 Arena box office.
UFC 120 will not be a pay-per-view event in the US, but instead will air on a tape-delay basis via Spike TV.