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UFC 129 to Shatter North American MMA Attendance & Live Gate Records

Sure, I name all my Ferraris. This one? I call this one “Tuesday”.

The latest news surrounding ticket sales for the UFC’s debut in Toronto is staggering, particularly to those Americans under the impression that Canada’s economy still operates on the bartering system. After all 42,000 tickets for the April 30th card, headlined by the Welterweight championship bout between Georges St. Pierre and Jake Shields, sold out on day one, the layout in the Rogers Center was reconfigured to accommodate additional seating. The results of that prompt adjustment are in, and the figures now being tossed around are better than Dana himself could have expected.

Today the UFC is reporting to have sold a record 55,000 tickets to this event. This figure more than doubles the previous North American MMA record of 23,152 sold tickets–also set in Canada–for the GSP-Koscheck rematch last December. With rampant ticket sales also comes a new record for gate revenue; the UFC will haul in over $10 million at the door. To put this in perspective, the previous gate record was the paltry $5.4 million generated by the Liddell-Ortiz scrap at UFC 66.

Is this the last update for ticket sales to UFC 129? Well, it’s hard to say. The listed capacity for the Rogers Center for a “WWE-style event” is just shy of 70,000 people. While the UFC’s production commands a similar layout to a pro-wrestling event, Dana has stated that he’d like to maintain a tighter seating arrangement to preserve the live experience for fans. At the same time, an extra 15k tickets buys a lot of Pinkberry.

- Chris Colemon

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Kayblade- February 14, 2011 at 2:50 pm
@angrycanadian sounds great, eh?
mcflash- February 14, 2011 at 9:30 am
I've been to the Rogers Centre for wrestling events in my younger days - Wrestlemania 6 and a few house shows - and the sightlines are mostly fine even from the cheap seats. It's certainly not a venue that's ONLY designed for football/baseball.
Angry Canadian- February 13, 2011 at 11:21 pm
Just got back from Toronto Yesterday. Great city, great country, but judging by these comments, full of retards.

Dude makes a pretty funny joke at the expense of Americans (he called em ignorant with that bartering comment) and a bunch of Canadians get all sensitive and start freaking out. That country has produced so many amazing Comdeians, its shocking that more of its citizens cant spot a joke through their hockey masks. Grab a double double at Tim Horton's, watch a tape of the World Juniors and just f-ing chill hosers.
joe- February 13, 2011 at 7:06 pm
Im starting to dislike this guy more and more, he needs to learn to control his tongue.. He's been acting foolish in the wake of Fedor's loss. Dana white was willing to blow up the UFC's salary structure to sign Fedor, unable to, Dana till this day continues to act like a jealous chump.. Sad to think of a guy like this is the President of the UFC. There are many UFC fans that like and respect Fedor as a fighter.
sumdumguy- February 13, 2011 at 5:22 am
Have nothing to add. Justing trying out the new comment funciton
Knightrida- February 12, 2011 at 11:09 pm
"canada is the mecca for MMA, period."

Really? So that would mean that MMA grew up in Canada... all the big promotions are based there... most of the events are there... 80% of the fighters are from there... so by Canada you mean Upper North Dakota, USA?
Lysol- February 12, 2011 at 6:38 pm

By pointing out that Bryan Adams is from Canada, of course.
hooligun- February 12, 2011 at 6:10 pm
SF Heavyweight GP starts in less than an hour and the entire front page at CP is devoid of any kind of coverage, build up, pimping the liveblog (assuming there will be one here?)

Snitches get Stitches- February 12, 2011 at 6:08 pm
Couldn't have said it better Rampage01.. One a side note, where the F is the live blog for tonight?!
rampage01- February 12, 2011 at 6:06 pm
canada is the mecca for MMA, period.
CrushCo- February 12, 2011 at 5:48 pm
@Kayblade- Yeah, it was supposed to be a knock on my fellow Americans and our general ignorance of other nations, but due to poor writing it didn't come across that way. I hope we can still be friends.
Karmaatemycat- February 12, 2011 at 5:37 pm
I love the quote under that picture and the article said 129.
Kayblade- February 12, 2011 at 5:36 pm
@CrushCo it's insulting when ANY american tries to knock a Canadian, even in jest. Ever have an incompetent manager at your work try to tell you what to do? It's the same feeling.
Topdog- February 12, 2011 at 5:35 pm
Y'all see Dana White trying to flex his arms when he's posing. He thought he was slick...
SnallTrippin- February 12, 2011 at 5:32 pm
Did you just say you missed hearing GOLDBURG?! Bite your tongue! February 12, 2011 at 4:36 pm
Dana has got to be one of the biggest douchebags alive, even if you base that title strictly upon how he dresses.
CrushCo- February 12, 2011 at 4:20 pm
@Tom: I'd suggest you take a road trip from Texas to Florida. You'll think Buffalo is high society after that little voyage.
Tom- February 12, 2011 at 4:18 pm
I have been to Buffalo before so its pretty tough to tell me that the USA isn't part of the third world compared to Canada
MrBlonde- February 12, 2011 at 4:09 pm
Well that's more money for dana and the fertittas while their fighters will still struggle with medical bills.
ccman- February 12, 2011 at 4:02 pm
Speaking of beaver pelts.....How can we make fun of a country that gave us celin dion and alan alda?

punchguyinface- February 12, 2011 at 3:48 pm
Don't knock the barter system. A dozen beaver pelts and a gallon of maple syrup gets you two nights stay in our finest igloo.
CrushCo- February 12, 2011 at 3:36 pm
@Danomite: Wait, I thought he was with you?!?!
Schnetzler- February 12, 2011 at 3:33 pm
There you go Bob Reilly. See what MSG is missing out on?
danomite- February 12, 2011 at 3:33 pm
nothing against Chris Coleman, but where the fuck is Dundas? It's a saturday, so I'm expect Dundas, bro, all day, but I see both articles are written by someone else. What's the deal?
Spelling Police- February 12, 2011 at 3:20 pm
License and registration. It says here your name is "Canadian Bacon" but you're actually a stupid American. What gives?