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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