Average Ticket Prices trending up for UFC

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!

Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao v Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley II

The last time Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley met was in June of 2012.  Promoted as “The Perfect Storm”, the bout went the full 12 rounds and ended in a split decision. Bradley walked away as the victor.  The decision was questionable and left fans wanting a victor determined by punches, not votes.

PacquaiovsDelaHoyaOn April 12th the two meet in a rematch at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Get your tickets now for best selection.  Who knows, you might be sittings next to Will Ferrell if you go with ringside seats.

 

Floyd Mayweather will fight Marcos Maidana on May 3

He’s been untouchable in the ring for years. Will that change on May 3rd?

 

The undisputed pound-for-pound champion of boxing has another fight to look forward to: a May 3rd bout with Marcos Maidana. The 12-round welterweight unification fights will take place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, promoted by Golden Boy Productions and Mayweather Promotions. Mayweather is still undefeated, sporting a 45-0 record with 26 knockouts, while Maidana is 35-3 with 31 knockouts. Mayweather convincingly beat Robert Guerrero and Canelo Alvarez in 2013, with the Alvarez fight becoming the highest-grossing boxing match of all-time at $150 million. Floyd is also known for making very large sports bets… can you imagine the amount of cash he’d throw on himself if it weren’t against every rule in the book?

Maidana is Argentinian, and was thrust into the limelight after handing Andrien Broner the first defeat in his career in December. Maidana also has a win over Erik Morales under his belt, but Mayweather is the biggest game in town, and a win over the brash 37-year old champion would make him a part of boxing folklore. It’s always a spectacle anytime Money Mayweather is involved, and you can be sure the eyes of the world will be on that ring.

The Other Lead – The Sports Weekend in GIFs, Videos and Pictures

We start with the ugly, where Ndamakong Suh just broke the record for the biggest fine for an on-field incident in NFL history. $100K. Will he pay it like Randy Moss said he paid his fines (“Straight cash, homie”)?

 

Chip Kelly’s fast-paced Oregon offense is the talk of the NFL, but having 15 more offensive plays every game also gives your mobile quarterback 15 more chances to get hit. Michael Vick took the full force of Jarius Wynn’s wrath on this play in the fourth quarter:

 

The coolest image from this weekend’s games is the reflection of Megatron in the visor of Patrick Peterson’s helmet. Seeing Calvin Johnson line up across from you must be pretty daunting for an opposing cornerback, even if you’re one of the best in the game.  (Johnson had 116 yards, 2 TDs).

 

This one was one of the most anticipated, hyped and completely predictable boxing matches you’ll ever see. Saturday night, Floyd Mayweather jabbed his away into another title by winning just about every round against Canelo Alvarez. These days Floyd doesn’t KO opposing fighters, he just boxes the way a 36-year old undefeated champion should.

 

This is a bad way to lose a game. When the officials have to apologize after the game, you know you just got robbed. Here we see Wisconsin QB Joel Stave kneel down the ball, then place it down so he can spike the next snap to set up a game-winning 31-yard field goal. An Arizona State lineman jumps on the ball and does not give the ASU player a delay of game penalty — instead takes his time re-setting the ball allowing every second left in the game to tick off the clock. Time expires, no field goal, Wisconsin loses. Life isn’t fair.

There was some debate over whether he actually kneeled it down. We leave you with this: He did.

San Antonio Alamodome lands Alvarez-Trout megafight

With the big fight only a month away, we decided to take a closer look at Mexico’s Canelo Alvarez and the USA’s Austin Trout. Both boxers have yet to lose a professional match and have KO’d their way through the competition thus far. Trout called out Alvarez for a fight after he dominated Miguel Cotto, and now they will be rocking San Antonio’s Alamodome on April 20. Check out TicketCity’s tale of the tape and decide who you think has the edge in this Light Middleweight bout.

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