If there was any doubt about the popularity of MMA, this will be the series of fights to win you over. Also, if there were a doubt that Conor McGregor’s loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. last year would affect his box office appeal to MMA fans, ticket sales for UFC 229 would dismiss that theory pretty quickly.
Tickets for the October 6th event in Las Vegas, Nevada, went on sale to the general public last week and were almost all gone within 3 minutes of the sale. One week after the on sale, the show has now become the 2nd most in-demand ticket in UFC history and one of the bigger sports tickets in modern history on the secondary market. The main event will have Khabib Nurmagomedov facing off with Conor McGregor at 7:00pm.
As of Aug. 23, Stubhub had sold 1,441 secondary market tickets for a $995 average price. Seat Geek’s average sale price was well over $1,000. That average would be the second-highest aside for any UFC event in history.
The highest remains the Nov. 12, 2016, show in Madison Square Garden, which was headlined by McGregor vs. Eddie Alvarez.
The cheapest secondary market ticket on Aug. 27 was $636 for a single ticket, but to get two tickets together, the lowest price would be $726.75. The first few rows of ringside right now are on sale for anywhere from about $5,000 with very few front row seats left going for $28,000 and up. Yes, you read that right.
There are a few seats left at AXS tickets, however they are the first set of elevated bleacher seats going for $2,000 to $2,505. It’s not sold out as in there are some seats left on the primary market, but there are very few.
The live primary gate is expected to break the Nevada UFC record but fall shy of the $17.7 million for the McGregor vs. Alvarez show.
Now, what kind of record can they break with online streaming sales? Hmmm…