UFC 130 is nearly here and, according to a published report, "Rampage vs. Hamill" is struggling mightily at the box office.
In the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (subscription required), Dave Meltzer is reporting this weekend's show, which emanates from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and is headlined by a light-heavyweight bout between Quinton Jackson and Matt Hamill, has sold just $1.5 million in tickets, which he estimates at around 4,500 tickets.
The 5/28 Las Vegas show had $1.5 million in tickets sold to the public, which would probably be around 4,500, but that doesn't include casino sales which for Vegas are substantial. But that's well below the usual pace for a PPV show in that city for non-casino sales. The card wasn't doing well with Gray Maynard vs. Frankie Edgar on top and losing the main event isn't going to help matters.
UFC 125, which was headlined by this show's original main event of Frankie Edgar against Gray Maynard for the lightweight championship, also struggled mightily at the gate, selling only 6,978 tickets with an additional 5,896 in the building on comps. The gate for that show, held Jan. 1, was $2.17 million.
Meltzer also writes that UFC 131 in Vancouver has sold around 10,000 tickets for $2.7 million (about 4,000 shy of capacity). That number seems to be inflated because as of Wednesday night, 1,628 tickets were available for the show on StubHub (compared to only 190 for UFC 130). Not only that, the lowest face value price for the show was $100. You can find tickets for half that.
Meltzer notes the upcoming UFC on Versus show, the company's debut effort in Pittsburgh, has sold about 5,000 tickets.