UFC 129 doesn’t take place until April 30th, but the event is already breaking records.
Tickets for the event, the first MMA show in Ontario since the sport was legalized there, went on sale this morning and within 30 minutes, 33,000 tickets had already been sold according to the Wrestling Observer. Over the course of the day the UFC have now confirmed that the entire 42,000 ticket block sold out.
Remarkably this happened despite the fact tickets were at this stage only available to ‘UFC Fight Club’ members, with seats not going on sale to the public until Saturday.
That means the event has already sold more tickets than for any event in UFC history, and will smash the promotion’s previous attendance record of 23,125 recorded last year in Canada.
Many ‘Fight Club’ members reported difficulty in getting tickets due to the huge demand, and some came away empty-handed as a result.
The good news is that more tickets are now being made available, with another pre-sale set to get underway tomorrow for those who subscribe to the UFC’s newsletter.
Though the UFC had previously announced that they hoped to fill 42,000 seats in the Rogers Center in Toronto for the event, the massive demand has convinced them to make more available.
There is now even talk of the event playing host to 50,000 fans, though UFC Director Of Canadian Operations Tom Wright admits that would be, “pushing it.”
Those in attendance can look forward to a stacked card which includes two title fights, as Georges St.Pierre defends his welterweight title against Jake Shields, and Jose Aldo make his first defense as featherweight champion against Mark Hominick. A third major fight between light-heavyweight stars Randy Couture and Lyoto Machida is also signed for the historic night.