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The Mecca of MMA

GST2011-04-20 22:23:04 +0000 #1
TORONTO -- Toronto's appetite for the UFC is proving to be near insatiable.



The mixed martial arts juggernaut enjoyed a record day at the box office Thursday, selling more than 42,000 tickets -- its entire original ticket block -- for UFC 129 on April 30 at the Rogers Centre.

And they went in the first day of a pre-sale, with some paying a premium of almost $90 to join the fan club that had first crack at the tickets for the UFC's first show in Ontario.

"I LOVE CANADA!" UFC president Dana White told The Canadian Press in a text message.

The previous UFC attendance record was UFC 124 in Montreal, which drew 23,152 to the Bell Centre in December. White often refers to Canada as the mecca of mixed martial arts.

"To say the response was overwhelming would be an understatement," said Tom Wright, the UFC's director of Canadian operations.

"In less than an hour we were pretty well down to some singles (tickets)."

It took the UFC even less time -- just seven or eight minutes after tickets went on sale to members of the UFC Fight Club at 10 a.m. ET -- to decide it needed to make several thousand more tickets available so there would be some left when the general public gets a chance to buy them Saturday.

On Friday, another pre-sale is set for those who subscribe to the UFC newsletter.

Wright would not detail the possible total number of seats on sale but said 50,000 would be "pushing it."

"I'd love to see a first digit (of) five but time will tell."

Tickets ranging in price from $50 to $800 went fast.

A search for best available tickets at noon produced a $50 limited view seat in the upper tier 500 level of the Rogers Centre.

With service charges and a one-year Fight Club membership ($88.19), the total rose to $153.69.

Some of those who managed to buy tickets Thursday were quick to put them up for resale. One seller offered eight side-by-side seats in Section 115 -- face value of $150 each -- for $4,500 or $562.50 each.

Another on Craigslist offered two $50 tickets for $175 each "or highest bidder.

Tickets also appeared on Stubhub, a ticket reseller.

The Fight Club has about 20,000 members worldwide, including some 7,000 in Canada. They are allowed to buy up to eight tickets in the pre-sale.

But being a member does not guarantee getting a ticket.

"Incredibly disappointed as a fan and fight club member still couldn't get tickets for UFC 129. Even at 10am. Horrible," Amy Miranda tweeted to White.

Others were more upbeat.

"Fight club membership well worth the money now that I've the tickets," tweeted Brian Doran.

Would-be buyers were able to view the Rogers Centre configuration for the MMA show on www.ufc.com: www.ufc.com , including the view from the seats on sale. The virtual display came together in just 13 days, Wright said.

Wright said the ticket rush interest showed fans the UFC had made the "right decision" to come to the Rogers Centre.

"You can imagine if we'd gone to the ACC (Air Canada Centre) -- great facility but we might be disappointing 30,000 fans if we went to the ACC for this first fight (card in Toronto)," he added.

The Rogers Centre card will be the UFC's sixth in Canada. Montreal has hosted UFC 83, 97, 113 and 124 while Vancouver hosted UFC 115.

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Crow_Time2011-04-20 22:36:27 +0000 #2
The mecca of MMA is and will always be Brasil.
mycon2011-04-20 22:38:49 +0000 #3
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The mecca of MMA is and will always be Brasil.

Agreed. To stick to the Islamic Mecca analogy, Canada is more like the Spain of Moorish Muslim times. (in MMA terms)
GST2011-04-20 23:06:59 +0000 #4
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Originally Posted by Crow_Time



The mecca of MMA is and will always be Brasil.

Brazil is full of broke ass street scum and they don't give a rats ass about MMA. Soccer and Crime are the top 2 pastimes in Brazil.
mycon2011-04-20 23:01:34 +0000 #5
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Originally Posted by GST



Brazil is full of broke ass street scum and they don't give a rats ass about MMA. Soccer and Crime are the top 2 pastimes in Brazil.

Soccer and crime both aren't too far from hooliganism in South America, and there you have your MMA.
HISTORY2011-04-21 00:13:46 +0000 #6
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The mecca of MMA is and will always be Brasil.

Well history wise is completely is. I think the first form of MMA was really there.

Popularity wise, I've heard people or friends that live in Brasil say that while BJJ is huge the sport of MMA is not too bad on popularity.

Granted I do think it will sell out quick when they go to Rio and I can't wait to watch that event, I don't think it's as popular as it is in Canada.

Canada is where MMA is the most popular in the world I think, not taking shots or being biased just what I believe.

They sell out razor fast in Canada, and everyone knows GSP or the UFC up here.

It's big in the states, but they also like baseball and football more by far.

In Canada hockey is huge but so is MMA, MMA is right behind hockey in popularity.

Brasil love soccer and MMA might be right behind that or another sport I believe.

I mean in Vancouver you can put a so-so card like UFC 115 on that sells out within seconds going to the Fight Club. Literally seconds, fastest sellout in history. Put that shit in Vegas and it would take a few weeks to finally sellout.

I hate using this analogy but WWE was formed in the States or had it's first events there just like the UFC, while in the UK it's clearly more popular and huge.

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