UFC 170 will be the first pay-per-view of the year in the UFC's hometown of Las Vegas, and it appears that they are changing things up a bit for this event. The card, which will be headlined by a women's bantamweight title fight between Ronda Rousey and Sara McMann, is being run in a smaller arena than most recent PPV's in the city and ticket prices are lower than usual as well.
The last three major PPV's in Vegas were all in the MGM Grand Garden Arena, a usual haunt for big shows. Both UFC 167 and UFC 168 were there, with ticket prices ranging from 100 to 1000 dollars for UFC 168. But this event is being run in the Mandalay Bay Events Center, an arena that holds a smaller crowd and has been recently used for much smaller events like the TUF 18 Finale and for the weigh-ins of big events. The last time it was used for a PPV was way back in November 2012 for UFC 156.
Tickets for UFC 170 start at $50, which is very reasonable for a pay-per-view. They go all the way up to $450 for a cageside seat, which is less than half of the price for the same seat at UFC 167 and UFC 168. It's actually even cheaper than it was for UFC 156 as well - that event had cageside seats for $750, and the cheapest seat in the house was $75.
What does it all mean? I'm not going to speculate, but if you're in Las Vegas on February 22nd you can see a UFC PPV for a lot cheaper than any time in recent memory. Here's a look at the current card:
Ronda Rousey vs. Sara McMann
Daniel Cormier vs. Rashad Evans
Rory MacDonald vs. Demian Maia
Rafael dos Anjos vs. Rustam Khabilov
Mike Pyle vs. T.J. Waldburger
Raphael Assuncao vs. Francisco Rivera
Stephen Thompson vs. Robert Whittaker
Alexis Davis vs. Jessica Eye
Bryan Caraway vs. Lucas Martins
Erik Koch vs. Rafaello Oliveira
Zach Makovsky vs. Josh Sampo