Here are some quick news and notes regarding UFC 60 this weekend from Los Angeles.
-The weigh-ins have moved to the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles. There was previously some concern that the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers would be in the Western Conference Finals and would be occupying the Staples Center on Friday, but since they were bounced out of the playoffs last week by the Phoenix Suns, the Staples Center will now house the UFC weigh-ins today at 4:00 PM local time (which is 7:00 PM Eastern Time).
-Plenty of UFC 60 tickets are still available. The UFC was hoping to set the North American record for attendance by putting close to 20,000 people into Staples Center, but it doesn’t appear they will come close to that number this weekend.
-Ticketmaster is selling UFC 60 tickets at 30 percent off, and has been for several weeks. It’s hard to figure out if the ticket sales weren’t hot sellers because of Memorial Day Weekend, or if it was for a different reason, as the UFC sold out in Anaheim in just a few days. The good news for fans is that the ticket prices have been cut. The old prices were $1,000, $800, $600, and $400. The new prices are $700, $560, $420, and $280.
-Despite published reports to the contrary, Randy Couture is not planning on coming back to fighting anytime soon. Over the past week or two, there have been Internet reports saying that Couture is thinking about returning to the fight game. Not so, according to “The Natural,” as he confirmed to MMAWeekly.com this weekend that he doesn’t have any plans to come back and fight. Instead, Randy will focus on the grand opening of his new gym in Beverly Hills with Bas Rutten in the next couple of weeks. Couture will be a part of UFC 60, as he will be in the broadcast booth with Joe Rogan and Mike Goldberg for the pay-per-view, which could be a permanent trio for future pay-per-view events.
-Don’t be surprised if we see the first UFC card in Canada very soon. The rumblings and rumors in Los Angeles this weekend have many believing that the UFC could debut in Canada in September for the fight between Matt Hughes and Georges St. Pierre. No one from the UFC would confirm it to MMAWeekly.com this weekend, but we have learned that Montreal has been mentioned as one of the lead candidates for the first ever UFC show in Canada.
-Spike TV has been very helpful with the PPV promotion for UFC 60. In addition to the two previous airings, the hour-long “UFC 60 Countdown Special” will re-air tonight (Friday) at 11:00 PM on Spike TV, and will air yet again on Saturday at 6:00 PM. Preceding the show on Saturday will be the Matt Hughes episode of UFC Unleashed on Spike TV at 4:00 PM, and the Royce Gracie episode of Unleashed at 5:00 PM. The UFC’s pay-per-view buy-rates have gone up dramatically in the time since Spike TV started airing the countdown specials.