According to a press release sent out by the UFC earlier today, just hours after tickets went on sale for UFC 180 at the Arena Ciudad de Mexico (Mexico City Arena) all 20 thousand seats were completely sold out!
Scheduled to take place November 15th, UFC 180 will feature the UFC Heavyweight Championship title fight with Cain Velasquez defending his title against Fabricio Werdum as the main event.
The UFC claimed “Fans made history at the box office, as well as online, to sell out Mexico’s first ever live UFC event.” Noted as being the fastest sell-out in the history of the Arena Ciudad de Mexico, the event will also set a new attendance record with over 20,000 fans attending.
Earlier this week the UFC’s Chairman and CEO, Lorenzo Fertitta, and UFC President, Dana White, held a press conference in Mexico City to announce the launch of ticket sales, accompanied by some of the featured fighters on the UFC 180 card. It was also revealed at that time that several fighters of Mexican or Latin American decent would showcase their skills at the November event.
Some of the fighters include: heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, heavyweight title contender, Fabricio Werdum, Kelvin Gastelum, Jake Ellenberger, Diego Sanchez, Augusto “Dodger” Montano, Erik Perez, Ricardo Lamas and Norman Parke.
“That we’ve sold out in the blink of an eye is proof that Mexico is ready for its first UFC event and shows the true devotion of UFC’s fan base,” said Jaime Pollack, UFC Senior Vice President, International Development and General Manager, Latin America. “We couldn’t ask for a better partner in Zignia Live, who provided the staffing and technology to keep pace with the high demand and ensure a seamless experience from UFC fans in Mexico and around the region.”
No doubt, the anticipation for this event is tremendous. No mention was made on whether UFC Fight Pass will be airing preliminary bouts with local Mexican and Latin American fighters, though we expect interest to run high, if only to see what new talent our neighbor to the south has to offer!