by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com
The Ultimate Fighting Championship on Friday announced that it had sold out all tickets for its upcoming April 19 Canadian debut in record time.
In a Monday press conference at the Bell Centre in Montreal, UFC president Dana White said, “More than 13,000 tickets were sold for UFC 83 in the first 24 hours of the UFC Fight Club presale.”
In fact, ticket pre-sales to the promotion’s fan club were so high that the UFC nixed its pre-sale promotion to UFC email newsletter subscribers so that there would be at least a few tickets left for Friday’s official on sale date with Ticketmaster.
The result was that tickets sold out completely almost immediately upon going on sale on Friday.
“Most of the tickets for UFC 83 were sold in the first 24 hours of our UFC Fight Club presale, and the rest were gone within one minute of the public on-sale (Friday),” said White.
It is not yet known when, but such success ensures that the UFC will make a return trip to Canada, and probably sooner rather than later.
Said an emphatic White, “I’m excited to say that this event is a sellout, and the fastest one in UFC history, so it’s safe to say we definitely will be back in Canada after this inaugural event.”
With the venue reportedly holding just over 21,000 for the fight, it should set another record come fight night, that being the North American record for attendance at a mixed martial arts event. The UFC currently holds the record with a mark of 19,079 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio at UFC 68.
UFC 83 is headlined by a rematch between current welterweight champion Matt Serra and the man he took the belt from, Montreal native Georges St. Pierre.