Report that only 25% of tickets sold for UFC 162: Silva vs. Weidman is disputed

Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

A report citing the box office officials at MGM is claiming that only 25% of available tickets have been sold for this weekend's UFC 162: Silva vs. Weidman. Dave Meltzer disputes the report.

UPDATE: Dave Meltzer has tweeted the following:

Following is the original post:

According to Brazilian outlet Globo, only 25% of available tickets for UFC 162 had been sold as of this week. That number coming via box office officials at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

While the number seems low, keep in mind that most events with cards 'subject to change' typically do their best business the week of the event. Even so, the number seems a bit worrying considering the marketing and promotional efforts dedicated to what looks to be one of the year's biggest weekends for the UFC. May's UFC 160: Velasquez vs. Bigfoot 2, also held at MGM, recorded an attendance of 12,380 and a total gate of $2.942 million.

Just taking a quick look at Ticketmaster (Jul. 2, 2:00pm EST) it's pretty clear that availability isn't an issue. With only a few sections sold out, fans waiting to buy tickets this week have a multitude of choices. Taking full advantage of the 4th of July holiday weekend, the UFC is also hosting their annual Fan Expo featuring 'exhibitions, fighter autograph and training sessions, fan-inspired special events and competitions.'

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via Ticketmaster.com

UFC 162: Silva vs. Weidman takes place Jul. 6, 2013 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva will make his eleventh title defense against the undefeated Chris Weidman.


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