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1/2/13 9:10 PM
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With tickets having gone on sale the week before Christmas, less than 5,000 tickets have been sold for the Feb. 23 date and the ticket gross is in the $600,000 range. That's slightly less tickets, and slightly more dollars, than the company's previous major event in the market, the Aug. 4 FOX show, headlined by Mauricio "Shogun" Rua vs. Brandon Vera, at the same point in time.

It's slower early sales than most major UFC pay-per-view shows. There have been several Las Vegas shows that sold at a similar rate early, but that's a unique market because it's run so frequently, and casinos will buy tickets. Every UFC pay-per-view show, no matter what the first week advance is, will do in the $2 million range minimum, and the arena will be nearly full the night of the show.

For UFC pay-per-view main events, come the day of the show, there is always going to be a big crowd, whether sales start moving as the show gets closer, they discount tickets late, or, at times they give tickets away late. But it is a sign that Rousey's media fame hasn't yet translated into people beating down the doors to buy tickets.

Rousey headlined two shows last year for Strikeforce, drawing 5,500 in Columbus, Ohio for her fight with Miesha Tate where she first won the title on a show that really catapulted her stardom. She drew 3,502 in San Diego for her fight with Sarah Kaufman on a show with a weak undercard, but one that did Strikeforce's best ratings of the year. Those were the first- and third-largest crowds of the five events Strikeforce produced in 2012.

The feeling is also that this show will generate more mainstream media interest the week of the show than all but the biggest events of the year. Rousey is expected to be everywhere, including places that usually don't promoter or cover UFC events. There is also the belief Carmouche will get far more media coverage and attention than most unknown fighters, because she is a former Marine who served in the Persian Gulf war and is the first openly gay fighter in UFC history.

The hope is that would translate into ticket sales, and more importantly, pay-per-view buys. Pay-per-view is usually a late impulse buy and late hype is very important. Attending live shows more often is something people plan out farther in advance. But media hype for an event doesn't guarantee success.

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1/2/13 9:13 PM
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Should people be lining up to watch a 15-1 favorite fight?

 

No you would be favored that much to piss yourself and curl up into the fetal position as soon as the bell goes off

 

1/2/13 9:14 PM
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Dana should H Bomb this card lineup and give the legend top billing.

1/2/13 9:18 PM
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You don't say!
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This should be a great press conference and blame game if it sells crappy.

 

 

1/2/13 9:44 PM
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Rousey should be on the undercard, not the main event.
1/2/13 9:47 PM
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Who saw this happening???

well, pretty much everyone, and the ppv buys will be garbage as well.
1/2/13 9:49 PM
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No fucking shit. Look at the price difference. 

 

$100 dollars got me in the 100's for FOX 4. $100 for UFC 157 will get me in the shitty nose bleeds. Fuck that shit

1/2/13 9:52 PM
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Just looked at ticket master, so many available seats. Probably gonna be some sweet deals from scalpers trying to get rid of there tickets near show time. Below face value
1/2/13 9:54 PM
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Wait an unproven(PPVwise) fighter main eventing a PPV has lead to poor ticket sales?

I for one am totally shocked....said no one ever
1/2/13 9:58 PM
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I dont think many of you where there for UFC 121. ^^^^ Most fans that bought tickets there where pretty damn eduacated. Most where in fact wearing shirts representing fighters from the undercard (specially Guymon).

Its not that Rousey isnt a big sell, its the fact that tickets are triple in price compared to UFC in FOX shows and even the UFC 104 show 

1/2/13 9:59 PM
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In for Dana telling us we're not real MMA fans if it doesn't sell well Phone Post
1/2/13 10:00 PM
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Dana should H Bomb this card lineup and give the legend top billing.

Agreed 100 percent Phone Post
1/2/13 10:02 PM
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I personally am really looking forward to this fight, but Dana should have started WMMA with undercards.  You have to introduce the UFC crowd to new stuff slowly instead of making it a headliner.

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I personally am really looking forward to this fight, but Dana should have started WMMA with undercards.  You have to introduce the UFC crowd to new stuff slowly instead of making it a headliner.


Great point.

1/2/13 10:26 PM
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I personally am really looking forward to this fight, but Dana should have started WMMA with undercards.  You have to introduce the UFC crowd to new stuff slowly instead of making it a headliner.

This. Dana fucked up. Phone Post
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UG Blog with a Rousey story?  Y'ah don't say!

1/2/13 10:38 PM
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time for a sex tape rumor or a tmz appearance.
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jjchgo - time for a sex tape rumor or a tmz appearance.
Tmz already happened so We only have one more option Phone Post
1/2/13 10:47 PM
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jjchgo - time for a sex tape rumor or a tmz appearance.

Real tape or no dice.
1/2/13 11:26 PM
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Hating on the female GOAT. smh.

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cant wait for this ronda hype to die out Phone Post
1/3/13 12:41 AM
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Funny how Liz was positive even through the interview, even when she admitted when asked that she felt the UFC was rooting against her, and that she was okay with it. The article link would be less misleading if it just read "Liz Carmouche is not blind."
1/3/13 12:44 AM
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15-1 odds is a tough sell. If they could find her the right opponent the fight might sell better.

1/3/13 12:54 AM
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Every time she fought for showtime it was some kind of free weekend thing going on, I think that may have a little to do with the "good" ratings she was able to get on showtime.

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