Many mixed martial arts fans were disappointed when the UFC announced a $5 increase in pay-per-view costs for UFC 168.
The President of the organization, Dana White, promised that the price hike was a one-time deal due to the event’s stacked fight card. And he does make a valid point. UFC 168 is expected to be one of the most important events in mixed martial arts history.
Anderson Silva, who is arguably the best fighter in MMA history, will be rematching the one man in the UFC to ever beat him, Chris Weidman. This fight will determine whether their first encounter was a fluke or not. Additionally, one of the greatest rivalries in MMA will reach a boiling point when Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate step into the cage for a second time to duke it out for the women’s bantamweight championship. Rousey and Tate were coaches on last season’s TUF, and it’s safe to say that coaching on the same show together didn’t help improve their relationship. Anyone who’s seen a single episode of the show will know exactly what I’m talking about.
Despite White’s assurances that the price hike was a one-time deal, the UFC website is currently listing UFC 169 and 170 at $5 above the usual as well. Both events are currently listed at $59.95, the same as UFC 168.
Either White was lying, he doesn’t know about it, or it’s just an error on the web page. Either way, it’s making many UFC fans a little nervous. Some people just don’t like the idea of spending $5 more to watch people fight each other in a cage.
UFC 168 takes place on December 28 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.