The Ultimate Fighting Championship set the North American mixed martial arts attendance record at 23,152 when Georges St-Pierre defeated Josh Koscheck at UFC 124 on Dec. 11, 2010 at the Bell Centre in Montreal.
Canada came through for the MMA juggernaut once again, with UFC Fight Club members reportedly snapping up more than 40,000 tickets to UFC 129, the promotions Toronto debut, in a special pre-sale on Thursday.
The original configuration for the Rogers Centre called for a setting for 42,000 seats for UFC 129. Sportsnet.ca’s Joe Ferraro, however, on Thursday said that UFC officials released more tickets, likely setting the stadium up for a final configuration of somewhere around 45,000 seats.
Thursday’s UFC Fight Club pre-sale in and of itself obliterates the record set at UFC 124. There is an additional pre-sale event set for Friday for UFC newsletter subscribers before tickets go on-sale to the general public on Saturday.
It appears fans in Toronto are set on a sell-out for UFC 129, where Canadian Georges St-Pierre will attempt to defend his UFC welterweight title against Jake Shields.