Ticket sales for UFC 129 generate Record Breaking numbers

The UFC announced today that tickets for their  April 30th event, UFC 129: St. Pierre vs Shields, sold out just minutes after they were made available.  Due to the high demand, the Rogers Centre, which was originally configured for a 42,000 capacity crowd, was reformatted to allow an additional 13,000 seats, bringing the total number sold to 55,000.

The promotion worked tirelessly to bring a show to Canada’s largest city, making UFC 129 the first major mixed martial arts event of its kind to be held in Toronto.

At this point the event has doubled the North American attendance record set this past December, when 23,152 filled Montreal’s Bell Centre for UFC 124: St-Pierre vs. Koscheck 2.  In addition, according to UFC officials, gate revenue generated will also reach record breaking numbers, which previously stood at $5.4 million from UFC 66: Liddell vs. Ortiz in December 2006.

With two records already demolished, UFC 129 is now being considered as the largest single-day event gate in the history of Rogers Centre.

UFC 129 is set for April 30th from the Rogers Centre in Tornoto, Ontario, Canada and will be headlined by Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre and challenger Jake Shields, while Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo defends his title against Canada’s own Mark Hominick in the co-main event attraction. 


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    Rafael_Roberto

    February 13, 2011 at 3:06 am

    I thought Dana already told us this a couple months ago

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    WES22

    February 13, 2011 at 3:19 am

    can i have only 1% dana please!!!!

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    Joey Santosus

    February 13, 2011 at 3:22 am

    Lol, they had predicted that they would break records. The tickets hadn’t actually been sold tho of course.

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    swamp rat

    February 13, 2011 at 3:53 am

    It’s going to be a sad day for most of those Canadians ( GSP fans assumed) watching GSP lose his title to Jake!

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    mmauk

    February 13, 2011 at 4:37 am

    lol i’d usually weak a comment like that but something tells me Sheilds might ruin the potential super fight. Dana should ahve made Silva v GSP before now imo. Obvioulsy GSP should win with ease like he has been doing but you never know.

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    BigNog22

    February 13, 2011 at 5:16 am

    canada is the mecca for mma, fastest sellout, attendances records, best p4p fighter in the world.

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    InfiniteEnigma

    February 13, 2011 at 7:06 am

    ok…im not a huge fan of gsp, i agree , he is an amazing athlete, but on the negative, yea, i wish he would finish more…but that all aside, i have only watched pride and a few w.e.c. and other orgaization fights outside of u.f.c…and jake shields, is a guy i have never really followed. now…from reading , i have gathered he is great, and i have also read that he dominated hendo…before coming to the u.f.c…so , for the first time the other day , i watched ufc 121 ( i saw the cain vs lesnar already ) but i usually wait for dvd to watch all the fights..so , i saw shields vs kampman.. i had read on here, and heard before that shields dominated kampmann , and is a legit challenge for gsp. so, now having seen that fight , i gotta say, i am not impressed with shields. yes…he had great close quarters ground grappling , but it seemed every time he got a dominant position on martin, martin reversed or got out fairly quickly, and jake was never able to come close to submitting him…kampman…a well rounded yet not hi top contender. he did no damage what so ever, and kampmans knees were probably more brutal and damaging than any ground control jake had…so with that said, i honestly dont see him giving gsp any problem at all. now…i consider that maybe he was exhausted from dropping to 170 , and mind you i did not see the fight with hendo…but from what i did see so far, gsp should run right over this guy…and i like what i know of shields. i usually judge fighters by their personality and skill, and he seems like a great guy , and while boring to watch , does have some grappling skill, but to exhaust himself in a 3 round bout with MK…unless he improves greatly at that weight class, i think its another domination for gsp, because jake showed no striking capability…no chanve of knocking out gsp…and nothing on the ground georges cannot handle, get out of, and impose his will.

    just my opinion, but i , so far, am not impressed with shield in the u.f.c..hope the best for him, but looks like another easy stroll for gsp..maybe he can finally tire someone out and submit them. would be nice to see him finish someone for a change. i mean….he had a nasty hold on hardy…and dan was just too damn stubborn to give up, so that could have been a finish …but then again , the record says , shields is next to impossible to submit.

    cant wait to see it, but i put my money on st pierre this time.

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    taz

    February 13, 2011 at 9:42 am

    according to a spokesperson the ufc is going to make over $10 million just from the gate.

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    swamp rat

    February 13, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    @InfiniteEnigma, First let me tell you to go back and REread those so called comments saying “Jake dominated Kampman”. I don’t remember reading ANYWHERE where ANYONE said Jake dominated Kampman. That fight was one of Jake’s worst wins ever and a very close fight as well and he still WON! With that being said let me fill you in on some info.

    Jake Shields has NOT lost since 2004.

    For the fight with Kampman, Shields had just dropped to a new weight class, which he admitted he waited too long to lose the wait and lost it very fast. It was also his debut UFC fight. You can NOT take that fight as a true indication of what Shields brings to the table.

    Shields has faced some of the toughest top talent in his divisions and WON, compared to other contenders.

    list:

    Kampmann
    Dan Henderson
    Jason “screwball” Miller
    Robbie Lawler
    Paul Daley
    Carlos Condit
    Yushin Okami

    ….and that’s just to name a few….LMFAO!

    I suggest when you have time, you visit YouTube or do a Google search to see if you can track down some of those fights and watch them.

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    WingChun

    February 13, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    @ mmauk

    I know that is a “Serra” possibility in this fight, but it’s on the ground; not standing. With that said, I think GSP will re-run the Koscheck game plane and box him. I don’t see this fight ever being on the ground or staying there; unless that’s what GSP wants and that is the only place where Shields has any hope. If Rush stays to the…fight them where they are weak, then it will never be on the ground; victory GSP.

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    husain

    February 13, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    Gsp by doctor stoppage in the forth rd multiple java

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    austinvermillion

    February 13, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    yeah get to watch gsp win a nother decison win boring est fighter in the world only good fight on here is aldo and machadie and rand will most like be a decison win for lyoto

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    ViciousNature1

    February 14, 2011 at 1:18 am

    @austinvermillion spell check pls, felt like i just tryed to read my 6 year olds home work papers..

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