MMA fans in Seattle can count on the UFC returning in the future after the promotion’s debut in the city produced strong ticket sales.

This Saturday night’s UFC Fight Night 24 event at the Key Arena in Seattle, Washington, and UFC president Dana White has revealed that the public demand for the show significantly exceeded their expectations.

“We were scaling this thing for about 8,000 and we’re close to 14,000 now,”
White revealed in a Q&A session on the Seattle Times website yesterday.

White is so impressed with the demand in the region for the event that he’s even likened it to next month’s UFC 129 event in Toronto, Canada which has smashed the UFC’s attendance record with 55,000 fans expected to attend.

“This thing ended up being a mini-Toronto,” White said of the Seattle show.

While the fans certainly deserve a round of applause for their enthusiasm, the UFC’s matchmaking team also deserve praise for providing the region with one of the most stacked ‘Fight Night’ cards ever.

The event was originally intended to feature a big name pairing of Tito Ortiz Vs Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, but the former champion Ortiz was injured in training and so the promising Phil Davis stepped in to replace him.

The rest of the card is impressive to though, with Dan Hardy vs Anthony Johnson also being worthy of a headline slot, while a rematch of the 2010 ‘Fight Of The Year’ between The Korean Zombie Vs Leonard Garcia is also sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

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