For some reason, UFC 120 has not been well received despite the fact it will be available on Spike TV. Fan boys stateside may not be feeling the freebie fight card, but it certainly hasn’t affected ticket purchases as our neighbors across the pond are close to selling out the O2 Arena in London, England.
“They were close to 95 percent sold within a week. We have less than 500 left and they are probably spoken for because we had a request come in at the end of last week that we are trying to accommodate. So there’s a good chance that by the end of this week there won’t actually be any left,“ UFC UK division president Marshall Zelaznik told FightersOnly.
“I think that’s a testament to the loyalty of our fans and a sign that the fan base has grown. I am not 100 percent sure off the top of my head, but I think that this might be the highest generating revenue event that we have held in Europe.”
UFC 120 doesn’t feature a title fight, top contender bout or any box office superstars. What it will showcase is a barrage of British talent, led by the country’s most popular mixed martial artist in Michael Bisping. In addition to the middleweight’s tussle with Yoshihiro Akiyama, former 170-pound top contender Dan Hardy and the up-and-coming John Hathaway will also be competing in front of their fellow Brits.
“A lot of people questioned the card, but there has been such an uptake on tickets. We sold out of the bottom three prices in literally a day and-a-half. The other tickets then sold quick and we’re expecting close to 17,000 in there when all is said and done,” Zelaznik added.