For the second time in a row, the UFC has sold out the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. Tickets for UFC 97 “Redemption” are no longer available less than one week after they went on sale to the public. Now the only place to watch this star-studded event on Saturday, April 18 is on pay-per-view.
“I knew going back to Montreal would be another homerun,” UFC President Dana White said. “Our Canadian fan base is incredibly strong and continues to grow even in these hard times. UFC events continue to bring a substantial economic impact to the city of Montreal – tickets for this fight sold out faster than UFC 83 did last year.”
For the UFC’s last trip up to Montreal for UFC 83, more than 13,000 tickets were sold the first day through the UFC Fight Club Presale. The eventual sellout last year and this year’s record sellout cement Montreal as a true hub for mixed martial arts and the UFC.
UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva faces submission specialist Thales Leites in the main event. Also on the card, former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell will trade punches with another dangerous striker when he takes on Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.