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Couture-Lesnar at UFC 91 Not Such an Easy Sell-Out After All?


(If he’d known you were such a cheapskate, he never would have come back.)

UFC president Dana White claimed with confidence that the Randy Couture-Brock Lesnar headlined UFC 91 would break UFC records this November. He predicted over a million pay-per-view buys and a sure sell-out at the box office. Turns out the tickets, or at least the high-priced ones, aren’t exactly flying off the shelves…or wherever they keep tickets while they’re waiting to sell them.

The Wrestling Observer (via MMA Payout) says only $500 and up tickets remain, but they’re “moving slowly.” Could it be that because of the economic downturn rich assholes are now slightly less rich assholes, and they’ve had to cut Octagon-side tickets at the UFC from their budget in order to keep their yachts stocked with exotic animals and Mickey’s Fine Malt Liquor? Or maybe that’s just what I would do if I were rich.

Dave Meltzer says that the tickets sold don’t include numbers from casinos which have purchased tickets to give to their high rollers, which, we’ve been told, was one of the reasons for taking this card to Las Vegas and not Portland, Oregon. Casinos can always afford ridiculously expensive seats. People have to make mortgage payments on their worthless houses.

The real story here is that while Dana White may be correct about economic problems not affecting his pay-per-view buys, it could very well be a different story for live events. If Couture-Lesnar can’t sell out the 14,000-seat MGM Grand, what will that mean for Frank Mir-Antonio Nogueira?

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libhomo- October 11, 2008 at 7:32 pm
I feel sorry for Couture. He looks really stupid in that outfit.
UFC fan- October 9, 2008 at 3:07 am
Maybe its just me, or perhaps the lack of ticket sales proves it, but who cares about a washed up glory hound whiny ass turncoat like Cuntoure, and some nothing ass wrassler who jacked his muscles up, and his balls up into his chest with roids, who couldnt fight his way out of a sack of wet shit?
Reall MMA fans realize that this is no better than the fake ass elite XC trash called kimbo slice!
I personally dont care if old ass randy gets beat or if lesner gets his dick tattoo ripped off, its a lose lose situation, I hate em both.
who do I root for a back stabber? or a nothing poser?
ho moe- October 8, 2008 at 9:11 pm
how gay is that outfit? i'd be surprised if randy didn't drop trou and commence sucking when he gets into the ring mr. c*ck tattoo
Michaelthebox- October 8, 2008 at 7:52 pm
I think its way too early to show concern about the ticket sales for the high priced seats. High-priced seats tend to be purchased by stars and rich people who do stuff because its fancy and expensive, not as much because they are fans of the sport. The "biggest fight of all time" hype is barely underway, so there isn't any chance the hype for the event has reached critical mass among the people who will buy the majority of the high-priced tickets. I fully expect a LOT of expensive tickets will be bought by people who have barely heard of MMA, much less already know this specific event is going on.
Max- October 8, 2008 at 6:39 pm
I'm going to UFC 91 and I'm happy to report that we got some of the cheapest tickets in the house. The card for this event sucks ass. Brock v. Randy is interesting for novelty's sake but the rest of the card stinks out loud. If I could I'd change my trip and go to a later card for sure. They need another big fight if they want to generate interest - moving Wandy and Rampage was a real kick in the nuts for those of us who bought tickets on spec.
Joseph- October 8, 2008 at 6:24 pm
@rh

When Did Mir become relevant in the HW division?
matt- October 8, 2008 at 6:19 pm
outside of the main event this card is pretty weak. Its co-main event is going to be a scrap between florian and stevenson but other than that u have amir vs. catone who i have never heard of and gonzaga against a nobody
rh- October 8, 2008 at 6:14 pm
if I could only afford to go to one event or the other, I'd go to Nog/Mir...Mir might not be a top 10, but both fighters are more relevant to the overall HW division.

rh
wes- October 8, 2008 at 6:12 pm
nogueria and mir will sell out for sure. have you seen that card, other than the interm belt on the line, the light heavywieght belt will be on the line. with rashard and forrest going at it. Oh yeah wanderlei silva v Rampage is also on this card, UFC 92 is a gaurenteed sell out.
Ringo- October 8, 2008 at 5:27 pm
I know why.. UFC 91 CARD SUCKS!

And the Nog-Mir card is ridiculous.

What are you talking about?
hooligun- October 8, 2008 at 5:23 pm
Dana will make sure its "sold" out!
Jeffro- October 8, 2008 at 5:12 pm
I hope that means that UFC ticket prices will lower a bit. They are fucking expensive! I paid $750 a ticket for UFC 79, and my seats were not that good. I was still worth every penny.

That being said, it will still sell out.
No1Dad- October 8, 2008 at 5:03 pm
"what will that mean for Frank Mir-Antonio Nogueira"

Just a wild guess, but I think it means less people will attend that event as well.
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