In less than a day, the UFC has sold more than 13,000 tickets for its April 19 event in Montreal.
White was joined at the media event by UFC welterweight champ Matt Serra and interim champ Georges St. Pierre, who meet in UFC 83’s main event.
Tickets for the event, which takes place at Montreal’s Bell Centre, went on sale yesterday afternoon to members of the UFC’s fan club. Despite the club’s $74.99 annual membership fee, White said more than 13,000 tickets were sold to members during the pre-sale.
“It was 13,375 tickets — in that ballpark,” White said of the pre-sale. “There are only a couple thousand left for sale right now.“The Bell Centre can accommodate approximately 21,500 spectators.
Tickets don’t go on sale to the general public until Thursday.
“I don’t think anyone realizes how many Canadian fans are here,” White said. “I don’t care where we go, there’s always a ton of Canadian fans there… so we’ll keep bringing events (to Canada).“
UFC 83 will be the first-ever event in Canada for the Las Vegas-based fight organization, despite a huge MMA following in the country. The UFC announced its intentions of holding two previous events in the country, but plans for the shows were eventually scrapped due to scheduling conflicts.
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