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    UFC 130 Struggling at Box Office - Bloody Elbow



    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.

    Meltzer writes:

    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.
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    I wouldn't be surprised if we see some shitty numbers from UFC 130. No real title implications...no crazy beef or rematch or much anything to hype.

    I will be watching, but I thought that UFC 130 was lacking before Frankie and Maynard dropped out....no Brad Pickett, no kid Yamimoto, no Cody McKenzie, or Bart Palaszewski.

    I am sure the event will be better than expected, but on paper, it is one of the weaker cards.

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    Even before the loss of the main event many of us saw this comming, Atleast from the PPV's anyways
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    this is surprising?
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    Even without the loss of the main event this was going to be a poorly performing event.

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    I dont think its a bad card at all. Heck, I'd watch it just to see Rampage. I guess too each his own, whether they want to watch the sport we love or not. I personally watch MMA every chance I can regardless of who is on the cards.

    I dont see why everyone is complaining about UFC 130 being shitty:
    Rampage vs Hammil
    Mir vs Nelson
    Thiago Alves vs "Horror" Story
    Stann vs Santiago
    Torres vs Johnson



    Those all sound like good fights on the card worth watching to me. I guess I'm just biased since I'm a Rampage, Mir, Nelson, Stann and Thiago Alves fan tho.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HillbillyDeluxe View Post
    I dont think its a bad card at all. Heck, I'd watch it just to see Rampage. I guess too each his own, whether they want to watch the sport we love or not. I personally watch MMA every chance I can regardless of who is on the cards.

    I dont see why everyone is complaining about UFC 130 being shitty:
    Rampage vs Hammil
    Mir vs Nelson
    Thiago Alves vs "Horror" Story
    Stann vs Santiago
    Torres vs Johnson



    Those all sound the like good fights on the card worth watching to me. I guess I'm just biased since I'm a Rampage, Mir, Nelson, Stann and Thiago Alves fan tho.
    I'm not really a "fan" of mir, or Rampage, But I enjoy seeing them fight. Plus Struve is always fun to watch, and Stann & Santiago is very interesting. I'm excited for Torres and Johnson too, the winner of that's gotta be next in line....


    I definitely agree about the card though, It's not amazing, but it's still pretty decent, and much better than 131

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    Take anything that guy says with a bag of shit. This card was going to struggle, imo im not sure its going to do that much worse than edgar and maynard being the headliner. It was always going to struggle. But Rampage is far more known than edgar and maynard are.

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    I'm sorry, but no way in hell should Matt Hamill be the main event of a PPV...the card is decent, but the main event just isn't "Main event" caliber.
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    Not shocking at all plus I would rather go to a bar to watch UFC. How did the other UFC do in the box office?

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