- CALIFORNIA LOVE: UFC BACK TO BACK SHOWS

March 6, 2006
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(Photo courtesy of UFC)
(Photo courtesy of UFC)

Fans are coming in force for upcoming MMA shows. UFC 59 sold out most of their tickets the first three days they went on sale. Tickets for UFC 60 are going at a frantic pace at the Staples Center. So far fans haven’t had a problem buying out the $50 and $100 dollar tickets which have already been sold out at Staples. Tickets are still available for the more expensive seats at $1000, $800, $600, $400, and $200.

As far as the card goes, the official matchups should be released shortly by the UFC and you can as always check the “rumors” section at MMAWeekly.com for the latest rumors regarding the card.

As far as UFC 59 goes, that show is already sold out at the Pond at Anaheim. The fight card takes place on April 15th and features Tito Ortiz vs Forrest Griffin and Tim Sylvia vs Andrei Arlovski. Also on the fight card is David Terrell vs Scott Smith, Evan Tanner vs Jeremy Horn, Karo Parisyan vs Nick Thompson, Thiago Alves vs Drew Fickett, and Nick Diaz vs Sean Sherk.

Matt Hughes vs Royce Gracie is the main event for May’s show at the Staples Center for UFC 60 in Los Angeles. As already reported a few weeks ago by MMAWeekly.com on the rumors section, Babalu will be featured on the card in a Light Heavyweight battle. MMAWeekly.com has had it confirmed from various fight camps that Jeff Monson will face ‘Pe De Pano’ Cruz with the winner putting themselves one step closer to a title shot.

Former UFC Champion, Carlos Newton told fans at UFC 58 that he most likely will return to the UFC for the first time in a couple of years on this show. Joe Riggs and Chris Leben should be a slug fest, while Nick Diaz vs Sean Sherk and Alessio Sakara and Dean Lister will be interesting fights featured on the card.

California has embraced MMA as the first ever show in San Jose sold out with over 18,000 fans in attendance last weekend for Frank Shamrock’s fight against Cesar Gracie at Strikeforce. The Pond at Anaheim is expected to seat somewhere in the ball park of just over 17,000 and if things continue to go the way things are progressing, the UFC could have up to 20,000 at Staples Center.

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