Even though the UFC 137 fight card was turned upside down and inside out this week, that didn’t stop fight fans from snagging up tickets to the Oct. 29 event at a brisk pace.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship announced that UFC 137: St-Pierre vs. Condit sold out within a few hours of being made available to the general public on Friday. The fights take place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
The fight card started out with a headlining bout pitting UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre against former Strikeforce titleholder Nick Diaz with BJ Penn and Carlos Condit in the co-main event.
When Diaz blew off several public relations appearances and around $15,000 worth of airline flights, according to the UFC president Dana White, he was unceremoniously removed from the main event, eventually swapping spots with Condit.
The main event now features St-Pierre putting his belt on the line against Condit, while Diaz makes his return to the Octagon against Penn.
“It’s been a crazy few days here at UFC, but there’s no doubt that UFC 137 is going to be an incredible card,” White said on Friday. “GSP is on his way to becoming the best welterweight of all-time, but Condit wants that belt. He’s knocked out his last three opponents and couldn’t be more fired up for this fight. Plus, we’ve got BJ Penn taking on Nick Diaz in what could be one of the most intense fights of the year.”
UFC 137 also features heavyweight battles pitting Matt Mitrione vs. Cheick Kongo and Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic vs. Roy Nelson, as well as the UFC debut of Japanese star Hatsu Hioki, who will battle veteran George Roop.