Thursday, May 27, 2010

The UFC has announced that UFC 114: Rashad vs. Rampage has officially sold out and will likely become the organization’s largest live gate in Las Vegas since UFC 100 last July.

UFC officials announced today that tickets for UFC 114: Rampage vs. Evans at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. are officially sold out. The war of words between former UFC light heavyweight champions Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and “Suga” Rashad Evans has created one of the fiercest rivalries in the history of the sport. It’s also created one of the hottest tickets in Sin City.

Tickets are still available for the closed circuit telecast of UFC 114: Rampage vs. Evans to be held at MGM Grand Conference Center. Tickets for the closed circuit telecast are available at all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (select Smith’s Food and Drug Centers and Ritmo Latino) and at any MGM Grand box office outlet. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase at UFC.com, www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

Payout Perspective:

I’m guessing the show will probably do in the $3.5-$4 million range based upon tickets prices of $650, $450, $300, $200, $125 and $75.

The event is certainly gaining momentum now: Dana White has been flying all over the continent to promote the bout, the video game launched on Tuesday, the last Primetime aired last night, and ESPN has really jumped on board (not just with MMA Live, but other interviews as well).

My early prediction of 800k is looking like more and more of a dead certainty at this point, which would easily make this event the highest grossing non-title PPV in UFC history.

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