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  • 01-04-2013, 09:11 AM
    Dan
    Part of me thinks that the UFC would have factored in a less-than-inspiring buy rate for Rousey's first fight when they signed her, in the hope that the exposure she would gain from getting the win on the big stage would mean that her second fight would get a whole load more buys.

    My only issue with this theory would be that the UFC could have put the women as a co-main event fight under a sure-fire big-seller of a main event, and she would still get a whole load of exposure off the back of it... perhaps even more as a big name main event would mean a larger PPV audience and thus more eyes on Rousey.
  • 01-04-2013, 08:43 AM
    v3xi
    Quote Originally Posted by roaddawg View Post
    To assume otherwise would be just silly. Ofcourse Rousey fighting a bigger name and much more lethal opponent would increase ticket sales.
    If 99% of the people who watch UFC don't even know who Rousey is why does her opponent matter?

    Its actually pretty sad, if this event doesn't work out and Dana cuts the womans roster like he said he would if it wasn't successful, where do these woman go? Hes actually going to kill womans MMA if this doesn't work.
  • 01-04-2013, 08:36 AM
    YukonJordan
    Quote Originally Posted by roaddawg View Post
    To assume otherwise would be just silly. Ofcourse Rousey fighting a bigger name and much more lethal opponent would increase ticket sales.
    Except that would be Dana shooting his wad on the biggest women's MMA fight that is out there. What do you put on after that fight?
  • 01-04-2013, 07:51 AM
    roaddawg
    Quote Originally Posted by v3xi View Post
    Rousey's opponent does not matter at all. You really think having Cyborg in this match would affect ticket sales? Almost no one I know who watches UFC even knows who Rousey is.

    If UFC wanted a bigger live gate they should have had this fight in Canada because we don't really care as much who is on the card, we just enjoy the fights in general.
    To assume otherwise would be just silly. Ofcourse Rousey fighting a bigger name and much more lethal opponent would increase ticket sales.
  • 01-04-2013, 06:31 AM
    Xtremo
    Quote Originally Posted by CtGreat View Post
    Alittle over a month away, and only 5000 tickets sold? Damn.....thats horrible.
    No, not a little over a month away. A little less than two months away.

    The UFC will have her appear on late night shows to promote the fight, that's almost guaranteed. Will it sell in the end, who knows, but I do agree that she should not have been given a headliner spot against such an unknown opponent. Had it been Cyborg, then it would have been different. IMO, they should have switched up the Main event with the co-main event.
  • 01-04-2013, 05:59 AM
    deadstealth
    So womens mma doesnt sell, no one cares about "the ronda show"...who wouldve thought? Im hoping this is dana's XFL so the sport can move forward.
  • 01-03-2013, 10:47 PM
    CtGreat
    Alittle over a month away, and only 5000 tickets sold? Damn.....thats horrible.
  • 01-03-2013, 10:44 PM
    Sakara=Excitement
    Less than 5,000 tickets sold for upcoming UFC 157 pay-per-view headlined by Ronda Rousey - MMAmania.com

    Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is making history next month when newly-crowned women's bantamweight titleholder Ronda Rousey puts her strap on the line against Strikeforce import Liz Carmouche in the main event of UFC 157, which emanates from the Honda Center in Anaheim, California on Feb. 23, 2013.

    And ticket sales for the groundbreaking pay-per-view have yet to match the hype surrounding Rousey's debut.

    The "Rowdy" one has taken the mixed martial arts (MMA) world by storm, following her undefeated run through the 135-pound ranks of Strikeforce, which includes six straight first-round submission finishes by way of gruesome armbar, along with mainstream media coverage by ESPN, Jim Rome, TMZ and more.

    But according to Dave Meltzer of MMA Fighting, her appeal has yet to equate to box office bucks.

    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. ... 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.

    Despite the slow start, it's still way too early to call UFC 157 a bust.

    Especially considering it's "ahead of the pace for UFC 150 in Denver," an event headlined by Ben Henderson vs. Frankie Edgar for the lightweight title. As Meltzer points out, it's "also selling tickets ahead of the early pace of UFC 133, a show on Aug. 6, 2011, the company's second trip to Philadelphia."
  • 01-03-2013, 04:23 PM
    dan the man 67
    I bought a 6-fights-for-the-price-of-5 deal with DirecTV, my satellite provider. I was a little pissed when they announced the Rousey fight as a headliner, and that it would fall within the 6 fights of my package. I doubt I would have ordered on it's own unless it had a super-stacked undercard.
  • 01-03-2013, 03:26 PM
    sonofsteven
    Damn Ive said it before this one have been a perfect co-maiin event for a Fox card. Makeit a title establisher fight and put it right before Mighty Mouse and Dodson's title fight.
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