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Ticket sales average for Ronda Rousey’s UFC debut

If the mainstream public is clamoring for bantamweight Ronda Rousey’s debut in the Octagon it sure hasn’t been reflected in ticket sales for the February 23 event. Though not necessarily poor, based on the numbers thus far it appears interest in UFC 157 has been on par with the UFC’s last venture into Southern California rather than been boosted by the unbeaten submission-specialist’s presence on the card’s lineup.

According to MMAFighting, less than 5,000 tickets have been purchased for the show even though they’ve been available for a couple of weeks.

Though there is still plenty of time for things to pick up, the figure seems to show Rousey’s signing may not have had the immediate impact many fans and media members predicted. However, it should also be pointed out that the event still appears to be on pace to sell as many tickets as UFC on FOX 4 did and isn’t vastly different than what the UFC does in Las Vegas.

Rousey is scheduled to face Liz Carmouche at UFC 157. The bout will mark the organization’s first fight featuring women. Other match-ups on the card include Josh Koscheck-Robbie Lawler, Urijah Faber-Ivan Menjivar, and Dan Henderson-Lyoto Machida.

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9 COMMENTS
  • MickeyC says:

    If she were fighting Cyborg they would be higher.

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  • moosebaby02 says:

    Cause thats the fight everyone wants to see MickeyC. No one really cares about Ronda that much, Most people just want to see her “TRY” back up all the shit she has been talking (all toward Cyborg)while she has been hiding behind that tomato can record of hers. Headlining her against and no offense to Liz and all her Lizbo followers (Lizbos thats great) but another tomato can is not going to sell tickets. Really she is just going to armbar her in the 1st/2nd round. Money well spent. I dont care who is pioneering for womens MMA or gays or what ever cause none of that is going to sell me on this fight. Its just a tune up for Uncle Dana’s new toy. Let me know when the Ronda steps up to the plate and signs on the dotted line to fight the only LEGIT threat to her. And after that fight I will most likely be done with WMMA for a while cause after Cyborg destroys Uncle Dana’s little toy what will be next Cyborg??

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  • Angry Mike says:

    Maybe the theory is that a few more fights for Rousey will get her more exposure and more hype for the showdown with Cyborg. After that fight, where do they go?

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  • THEGUNNER says:

    If they put her under the co main event they would sell more tickets. Imo rousy isnt that fun to watch compared to hendo vs michida.

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  • THEGUNNER says:

    If she makes more than cain did vs jds theres more going on than wmma in the ufc imo.

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    I don’t think she should headline a ppv right out of the gate, but I do agree with the fact that a title should be above a non-title fight.

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  • moosebaby02 says:

    Sorry Alpha but a non-title fight like Hendo vs The Dragon “SHOULD” headline over a title fight when the belt was just handed over without even earning it because someone has a pretty face. When the UFC introduced the Flyweight div didn’t they have a mini tourney?? Their is something to be said about earning something and just have it handed to you. Now the casual fan is not going to shell out that kind of $$$ on an event that the everyday fan is not really hyped about. Sorry but anyone who is really really stoked for Ronda vs tomato can needs to get out more. Shit my wife says she rather watch the girls Monday Night Raw instead of this fight cause and I quote “even if its staged I know for sure it will last longer then Rondas fight and its free”. And she is the one of the biggest MMA fans out there.
    Oh and for anyone who says that they couldn’t have a mini tourney so “someone” could earn the belt cause there is not enough women on the roster to do so will just prove exactly why Ronda vs Liz should not be headliner

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    Ok? I’m getting the ppv for machida and faber personally. But regardless of if the womens title should of been a tournament or not (it should of), a title should still main event over a non-title fight. Just like the title holder should come out last, and like someone should have a fight streak going before getting a title fight…at least the UFC is still holding up the first two of those three, don’t take that away from me.

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  • moosebaby02 says:

    I hear ya Alhpa but this one just dosent sit well with me.
    Now most likely I will be getting this one only cause im a sucker for MMA and I want to see what Hendo can bring to Machida and watch ass chin (Faber) get schooled. Mendes vs Manny should be a good fight. Intrested to see who else they will put on this card to help it out cause besides the Hendo/Dragon and Faber/Menjivar this card will need it so far imo

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