Well, this doesn’t sound good.
According to a report from MMAjunkie.com/USA Today reporter John Morgan, Bellator’s ticket sales to their inaugural pay-per-view card have been less than stellar. We’re talking a step above barnyard MMA cards kind of dismal.
Just received word that Bellator’s PPV event has sold approximately 1,700 tickets so far, with another 2,000 on consignment.
— John Morgan (@MMAjunkieJohn) October 12, 2013
Bellator’s first show is scheduled for Nov. 2, which means the promotion has just about two weeks from the date of this publication to pick up the pace for what they would consider a strong gate.
The main event of Tito Ortiz vs. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson is apparently not a huge attraction to those local to Long Beach Convention Center, the venue hosting the event. The target for pay-per-view buys hasn’t been made public by the organization, but experts say a realistic number for the company’s first PPV buy rate to be around 100,000.
The UFC, Bellator’s largest competitor, hasn’t seen a 100,000-buy PPV for several years, only coming close to that figure earlier this year with 150,000 buys at “UFC 161: Henderson vs. Evans” in June.
In addition to Ortiz vs. Jackson, Bellator’s Nov. 2 show will include a co-main event between lightweight champ Mike Chandler and former champ Eddie Alvarez.