UFC 91 and 92 at the Gate

October 31, 2008

Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (only $9.99 a month online) gave an update on the gates for the next two Vegas shows:

Lesnar- Couture, as of a week or so ago, was at 8,000 paid and $3.1 million, so tickets still aren’t moving with only $500 and more expensive seats left. With casino buys and such, the gate will end up comfortably north of $4 million, which would be among the biggest in history, but this was expected to break the $5,397,000 record……Tickets are now on sale for the 12/27 Las Vegas show… We don’t have numbers, other than the Internet presale was way slower than for Lesnar-Couture and for any of the major Vegas shows.

Looking back at a report from last month, sales have remained essentially flat over the last month. The card should see some pick up in sales as the event draws nearer. The north of $4 million figure is certainly over and above what they could have done if the card were held in Portland like originally planned, but has to be considered a mild disappointment. With Vegas being hit hard by the economic downturn, the UFC will have to temper expectations and projections for the next two cards. This is a problem that wasn’t avoidable, as MMAPayout.com had it’s doubts about the three cards in 2.5 months strategy right after it was announced.

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