The UFC spent nine years and an estimated $2,000,000 pushing for the state of New York to regulate mixed martial arts. The Empire State, which leads the world is so very many way, was here for years dead last. It was a disgrace, the only state or province in North America where MMA was prohibited. But amateur MMA contests were taking place, often without blood tests. Fighters with Hepatitis and even HIV were competing in New York, but without regulation, nothing was stopping them.
Finally in March New York did the right thing, over truly bizarre opposition.
On November 12 at UFC 205, the league holds its first show in New York since UFC 7 in 1995. The return will be triumphant – this is the best card in mixed martial arts history, capped by three title fights.
FoxBusiness.com reports that with more than five weeks to go, ticket sales are breaking records.
UFC 205 is already trending to be the fight promotion’s most expensive ticket ever on the secondary market.
Tickets to UFC 205, which is set to take place at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 12, currently have an average resale price of $1,368, according to data compiled by SeatGeek, a site that aggregates resale ticket prices. That resale price dwarfs the site’s previous record for UFC events. Fans paid an average price of $1,136 to witness WWE wrestler and former UFC Heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar’s surprise return to the Octagon at UFC 200.
“To put that current average resale price in perspective, the most in-demand World Series game we have seen up to this point was Game 3 between the Royals and Mets last year, which had an average resale price of $1,205,” SeatGeek content analyst Chris Leyden told FOXBusiness.com.
Increased demand for tickets is just part of the windfall UFC can expect from its return to New York, the country’s largest media market. The fight promotion gains access to the state’s world-class venues and should draw new interest from corporate sponsors, according to industry experts.
UFC 205 will be held on November 12, 2016, at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York.
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