by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com
The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to New Jersey on Saturday night for UFC 111 at the Prudential Center in Newark. Being just across the state line from New York, the promotion is taking full advantage of the proximity to drum up support among New York fans.
UFC president Dana White, at the UFC 111 prefight press conference at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, confirmed that all tickets are gone for Saturday night’s event.
“This show is sold out. It sold out immediately. We’re gonna have over 17,000 at the arena,” said White.
Not only is the event a sellout, it is expected to draw a rather hefty live gate.
White said, “This thing is doing a gate of $4 million.”
That would rival the gate revenue generated by events such as UFC 94 featuring Georges St-Pierre vs. B.J. Penn II and UFC 71 featuring Quinton Jackson vs. Chuck Liddell II, which each generated roughly $4.3 million.