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Commoners Priced Out of UFC 100

As you may have heard already, UFC 100 sold out in record time with all the tickets being snatched up by “UFC Fight Club” members and newsletters subscribers before the general public got so much as a whiff of them.  That’s great news for the UFC since it justifies all the effort they’ve put into making this a historic fight card.  But with the tickets selling out so fast you can’t help but wonder how much of a role scalpers played.

For instance, says ticket prices ranged from $100 to $1,000.  But if you check out (the “official fan-to-fan ticket marketplace” of the UFC) right now you’ll see over 1,000 UFC 100 tickets already for sale.  The cheapest one will run you about $428, and needless to say it is not exactly Octagonside.  For that privilege you’ll pay anywhere from $2,500 to $24,000 (ed. note: you fucking kidding me?).  If you are an MMA fan with that kind of money to spend on tickets to a UFC event, then congratulations.  You are Shaquille O’Neal.

By comparison, you can buy UFC 98 tickets on Stub Hub for $150 to $5,500 bucks, so the sell-out and jacked up ticket prices still speak to the incredible fan interest in UFC 100.  The fact that anyone has the balls to try and sell a ticket to a sporting event for roughly the same price as a new Toyota Camry means that they have reason to believe this is a special event, which it is.  It also might be a sign that the average fan is getting priced out of attending UFC events.

Just out of curiosity, what’s the most you could realistically see yourself paying for a good, but not necessarily front row ticket to UFC 100?  I have to say that no matter how badly I wanted to go, anything over $400-$500 a pop is the point where I would start to hate myself way too much to actually enjoy it.  But somebody must be buying these things from the scalpers, right?

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Anonymous- April 14, 2009 at 1:38 pm
FAWK ME!! Is TUF GUY a fag er what?!! It's pathetic how he talks so much shit on this forum, and I only glance through it from time to time. $8000 suuuuuuuuurrrrrrrrreeeeeeeeee
Anonymous- April 14, 2009 at 8:49 am
So 24k is not directly from the UFC right?
Deathb4tapout- April 14, 2009 at 7:44 am
I got two tickets for 500 each face value since I'm with teh Fight club but the only reason we bought them is the fact my buddy won 1000 bucks at the casino the night before. If not we wouldnt be going. Sucks seeing these ppl get a cut of the tickets when the facts are normally ppl just want to go and watch fights. Its a shame.
Stuck in Gina's Guard- April 14, 2009 at 7:40 am
If the event were on the East Coast, I'd splurge $275 per, and I'd have to buy at least 2 (1 for the wifey.) In Vegas, I'd be totally priced out, and would be reserved to watch at BW3 or order the PPV. Has anyone had success on the day of the event getting tix on the cheap? I think the scalpers will have a hard time turning more than 60-90% profit in this economy... but then again, this is a once in a lifetime event. I am VERY surprised Dana didnt use this opportunity to score a $6-7+MM gate. That's some healthy revenue.
TUF Guy- April 14, 2009 at 7:03 am
$8000, if I really liked the card.
Artigale- April 14, 2009 at 6:39 am
Well I am a cheap fuck. I would not pay to go to a UFC event even "just for the experience." Why pay $500 a person and half to watch half the action on the overhead screen when you can rent the PVP and pay $5 bucks a person and still have enough money for pizza and beer.
LoneWolf- April 14, 2009 at 6:27 am
I really don't think I'm that cheap but I would only pay about 300....and that better be for some damn good seats.....ok ok I'm cheap. But seriously WTF.....these events are really not that accessible, thank god for payperview....I would def like to see a show in the Garden...but Eff I thought we we're in a recession.
C-Bus Allstar- April 14, 2009 at 5:21 am
I'm with Someguy here. If I'm gonna pay 400 and 500 dollars for a ticket to a UFC event, I reserve the right to assfuck Arianny Celeste. Period. I mean, for that kind of money you could rent a hooker for a fucking week to be your personal slave. (note: not sex slave, slave in general: Get my sammich bitch.)
Clyde- April 14, 2009 at 5:19 am
Between 4 and 6 bills? Don't you know? I could understand rounding if you said $500 when you paid $490 or something, but it's like you don't know the difference between $200 and fuck all.

Anyway, I probably wouldn't pay more than $300 for tickets. $400+ starting price is utter bullshit.
Cin- April 14, 2009 at 4:15 am
I paid 1400 for 8th row back for Lesner-Mir 1.

Only had so because I won a poker tourny the day before figured fck it, spoil yourself.

Personally looking back I should have taken that money and got the ppv and 2 asain chicks to suck each nut for 3 hours during the broadcast.
GSP for Prime Minister- April 14, 2009 at 12:27 am
I'd pay $300-$400 tops as well... and that's $300-$400 CANADIAN =(
Bovice- April 13, 2009 at 11:24 pm
...Why is it so unbelievable that people would pay upwards of $300 to watch a UFC in person?

Jay Smith, it's not that hard to get 300 bucks scraped together. Get a fucking job and work for at least 40 hours for two weeks and you have yourself a ticket. Minimum wage is ridiculously high nowadays.

At most, I'd spend $400 on a ticket.

And pierre larouche, read the red letters above "Your name:". It says "Post new comment", not "Post five-paragraph essay or whatever tangent your brain goes on". Fuck.

LOL- April 13, 2009 at 11:10 pm
i payed 750 for both pride events in vegas.
I payed 50 for both affliction events in anaheim
I wont pay shit for ufc tickets.
i think i would spend 50 for an ultimate fight night
Aenarion- April 13, 2009 at 10:15 pm
It's true... like just about any sport unless you can get cageside seats it's always better to watch it on the TV. Cheaper too. I'd rather spend a few thousand bucks on a sick home theater system and an HD PPV package complete with some high quality booze than strain my neck for a night looking at a jumbotron. At least the sport is growing...
Yo Yo- April 13, 2009 at 9:42 pm
Joe Joe... Are you the same person promoting Crashmma all over MMA forums? What is Crashmma about and who has actually bought a package from this company before?
Jay Smith- April 13, 2009 at 9:42 pm
Does anyone else believe Mr. Maxwell? "BETWEEN" $400 and $600? Who the fuck says shit like that. Lyin fuck! Unless you're the gay ass R&B singer Maxwell........then again who the fuck says "Between" 4 & 6 bills???? Not even the gay R&B singers!
Jay Smith- April 13, 2009 at 9:38 pm
F'in really????? Anyone that will pay over $100 please do tell what it is you do for a living so, I can wait outside of a similiar business and rob as many mufuckas coming out of there as I can.

I was at UFC 92 (My brother works for Xyience, and I had free tickets), and like someone else mentioned, I ended up watching all the action on the big screens.

I also think some of these people on here are just trying to sound like big shots. $300, $500, $ ass!!!
maxwell- April 13, 2009 at 9:30 pm
ROFL @ Give the money to a good cause (like a struggling fighter).

awww shit.

to quote the World Bank (right wing nutjobs, please stfu)
1.1 billion people had consumption levels below $1 a day and 2.7 billion lived on less than $2 a day
But no, support a fighter! because they..... they fight! And that.... entertains us! and distracts us from the real issues and having to care about the other 3/4 of the planet! jesus christ dude, you almost had me until that abso-fucking-lutely unbelievable line.

that being said, I have pretty decent tickets for ufc 100, and paid somewhere between 4 and 6 bills for them.

and I do donate to charities, and when I say charities, I do not mean struggling mma fighters. (i lol'd when i typed that.)
Rxdrug- April 13, 2009 at 9:06 pm
$300 is max in my eyes for "decent" (not cage side) seats at this moment in time.

In this economy $500 would let me eat for 3 months and $1000 would pay my rent for a month. Sadly, I value these two things more than MMA.

And whoever is charging $24,000 for a cage side ticket is fucking bat shit crazy. Only a movie star/professional athlete/rich business man could afford that and they get comp seats from Mr. Fester & company.
PimpSmack- April 13, 2009 at 8:17 pm
@pierre LoDouche

The next time you have a thought...let it go

pierre larouche- April 13, 2009 at 7:44 pm
Historic card?

You dont bother anymore and just copy/paste the promotional stuff you get?

I'd be happy for a good card.
Cock and Mir 2 is barely interesting but Mir did whip Minotauro.
GSP is fighting Diego or Thiago or some guy like that no one cares about. That's nice and all but after the Penn-GSP overhype has sucked any life from the GSP bandwagon , where is the historic part of this card?
Old man Henderson and Reality TV boy?
Roid legend Coleman vs another Reality TV pretty boy?
hmm, maybe im seeing a pattern here, old time name recognition for the old farts and reality tv brand recognition for the Spike/Tapout lifestyle crowd... its historic!!
And lets not forget the historic Who-Gives-a-Fuck Belcher and the Korean dude that had to deal with racism in Japan? Buy a convenience store Yoshida and experience racial equality....

Yes, considering through all the Leben as main event garbage theyve been feeding the past few months, this could be a good card, very doubtfully great. historic? maybe you meant the number.

But hey, Krzysztof Soszynski is on the third fight against Stann in Montreal because he is 'canadian content'.
Im sorry but this shouldnt be in the top 5 fights of any top pro card. As for trying to sell the rubes cancon, Sosz was born in Poland and lived in Canada before moving to train in the US, so I guess they can re-use him in eastern europe as well.

Too many of the UFC cards have been weak, so let's be happy that there is one which doesnt suck.
No need to oversell it.
Geerad- April 13, 2009 at 6:23 pm
I'll take a high-def presentation with instant replay and Joe Rogan's play-by-play any day of the week over a live event full of douchebags sporting Affliction T-shirts.
Anonymous- April 13, 2009 at 6:13 pm
are you a fucking idiot?????? MIr will break lesnars fat arm off and club him with it!
buddy- April 13, 2009 at 6:12 pm
The law of Supply and Demand

This shit is elementary
someguy- April 13, 2009 at 5:31 pm
with those prices I better get to go ass to mouth with all three octagon girls while I'm there