Saturday, April 26, Jon Jones and Glover Tiexeira face off in UFC 172. Teixeira comes in with a 22-2-0 record. His last three major fights were all victories, with his most recent victory a TKO against Ryan Bader. Jones, with a 19-1-0 record also won his last three major fights, with his last TKO coming almost a year ago against Chael Sonnen. This Light Heavyweight Title Fight is sure to be a thrilling bout, but how does it stack up to other big fights?
First, we compared the past five big UFC fights: UFC 171 – UFC 167. While UFC 172 is finally showing an uptick in ticket price, it’s still a significantly cheaper average ticket than UFC 167. Back in November when Georges St-Pierre defeated Johny Hendricks in a round five decision, average ticket price was a whopping $591.72. Ticketholders for the next fight, UFC 168, Chris Weidman and Anderson Silva faced off in a rematch of UFC 162. You may remember this match as the fight when Silva broke both his left figula and tibia in the second round, resulting in a TKO and a second victory for Weidman. Ticketholder for this cringe-inducing fight paid an average of $550.57.
Maybe fans didn’t want to witness another severely broken leg, but average ticket prices for UFC 169 dropped substantially. Fans for Renan Barrao’s first round TKO of Urijah Faber paid the lowly average price of 162.83. Probably for the best as the title fight lasted under two minutes. Fortunately, the following two years showed slight growth. UFC 170, featuring Olympians Ronda Rousey and Sara McMann brought the average ticket price back above $200 to $213.29. Average ticket prices continued to trend up when Johny Hendrix defeated Robbie Lawler by decision. Ticket prices for UFC 171 averaged $260.01.
So far, Jones is on track to second his best average ticket price at a fight. He peaked at UFC 159 with an average ticket price of $274.43. Tiexeria isn’t even close to his best from UFC 160, though he wasn’t the title fight of that event. Average ticket price for that night was $315.12.
While ticket price can definitely show interest in the fight, there’s no way of knowing how exciting the fight will truly be. That’s one of the best part about checking out a UFC fight is that you never know how incredible of a fight you may see. From close five-round fights to first round TKOs to some of the more gruesome injuries in sports, there’s never a shortage of excitement at UFC.
The fight next Saturday will take place at the Baltimore Arena in Baltimore, Maryland. The rest of the main card is rounded out with light heavyweights Phil Davis and Anthony Johnson, middleweights Luke Rockhold and Tim Boetsch, lightweights Jim Miller and Bobby Green, and featherweights Max Holloway and Andre Fili. With Teixeira and Jones teased as the title fight for the past three UFC events, this fight is the culmination of quite a bit of anticipation. Who do you see walking away with the title? Sound off in the comments!