The Allstate Arena Box Office is reporting that although the event is more than two months away, UFC 90 is nearing sell-out status already. The news comes as a delight to Dana White and the UFC brass who have been unable to sell-out in recent months in places such as Minneapolis and Columbus.
Initital reports peg ticket sales at more than 15,000 with a projected gate already exceeding $2 million. The Allstate Arena holds roughly 19,000.
The event, which will be held just outside of Chicago in Rosemont, Ill., features a main event of the seemingly invincible UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson “Spider” Silva taking on challenger Patrick “The Predator” Cote. Also, in a match that will most definitely have title implications, Thiago Alves who is fresh off a victory against Matt Hughes, will face off against Diego “Nightmare” Sanchez. The winner is rumored to be next in line for Georges St. Pierre’s welterweight title. It will be the first UFC event to happen in Illinois.