UFC 182 Gate and Attendance Low, but PPV Expectations Running High

January 4, 2015
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A lot of people were surprised to learn in the days leading up to Saturday night’s UFC 182: Jones vs. Cormier that the event was not sold out; far from it.

ufc182-poster-750When all was said and done, even come fight time, UFC 182 did not sell out, according to UFC president Dana White.

The event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena drew a respectable crowd of 11,575 for a gate of $3.7 million, but those numbers certainly belies the hype surrounding the Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier main event. The fight was being looked at as potentially the best UFC fight of all time.

By contrast, UFC 168, which featured the rematch between Chris Weidman and Anderson Silva, drew 15,650 people for a gate of $6.2 million in the same MGM Grand Garden Arena.

It sounds as if UFC 182 may have been somewhat comparable to UFC 168 on the pay-per-view front, however, as White said before the event that he expected a PPV buyrate in the area of 750,000 buys.

At the post-fight press conference, he said his prediction was wrong and that they were trending towards blowing that number “out of the water.” He would not confirm whether or not that meant topping the one-million mark like UFC 168, but he certainly appeared happy with the direction the UFC 182 buyrate were headed.

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  • TheCerealKiller

    Vegas is a vacation city. Why would you expect anyone to be there the week after Christmas? That place is a ghost town right now. Any other major city would have been a sellout.

    • EshamTheUnholy

      Yeah, I agree.

      • TheCerealKiller

        You see, crime is life and life is crime, but what would life be without a real life rhyme?

        • sociopath

          You are Hamas!

        • EshamTheUnholy

          Not real life…cruise around town with the bass up, running big time light I don’t give a f**k

    • ChoMama

      So Vegas isn’t a destination for new years anymore?

      • TheCerealKiller

        Correct. My friend works and lives in Vegas and she says it’s a ghost town that week every year.

  • John Youwer

    It was another lame fight card. Cant even sell out in Vegas anymore. Face the facts, the UFC is losing its flame. People are tired of lame fight cards every month and more than that people are sick of Dickhead Dana White and his attitude. Not to mention the boring lame fighters that the UFC has on its roster. UFC used to be worth watching and buying a fight every month. Not anymore,

    • Michael Mazepa

      The UFC is better than ever right now. Go watch people play with balls… sounds like a better sport for people like you. Go away…

  • Brian Ghattas

    I thought this match was sure to sell out the MGM Grand. It’s a match that has been hyped for months and it lived up to its billing. Very surprised when Buffer didn’t say “SOLD OUT”. I guess The CES people didn’t arrive early.