The official attendance for UFC 73, as recorded by the CSAC, was 13,183. That total includes a paid attendance of 8,622, or 65.4% of the total attendance. There were 4,561 exempt or complimentary tickets that the promotion gave away, or 34.6% of the total attendance. The total capacity of the Arco Arena for UFC 73 was 16,811. That leaves 3,628 tickets that were neither sold nor given away.
These are some pretty tame numbers for the UFC considering the card and the location. California is a hotbed of MMA activity so you would imagine they’d do better there. Or perhaps the opposite is true: since there’s been so much MMA in Cali lately, it hurt the UFC’s ability to really get people out. I assume most UFC shows draw from across the state and beyond, and I wonder if recent less expensive shows K1 and Strikeforce might have hurt the draw. And lets face it: while the card had some serious matches for hardcore fans, the only real name draw for the average consumer was Tito Ortiz.
Another thing: giving 1/3 of the arena free tickets seems really high … like IFL style high. And I bet you anything it was these fuckers who didn’t have to pay who were booing their heads off all night. And this guy was probably another comp ticket recipient. Long story short … I think the UFC might want to consider running more shows in areas that aren’t saturated with MMA events every other weekend. When you come to California it should be with a real marquee headlining fight. Or as you can see above, you aren’t going to do so hot.
If you’re like me, you watched UFC73 in your mom’s basement with a big bowl of Cheetos. Your exciting night after the event probably consisted of posting on retarded message boards or masturbating to Ali Sonoma. Me, I just can’t do that any more … ever since I heard about Diego and Ali, he keeps popping into my head whenever I’m trying to throw a load. Anyways, on the opposite end of the excitement scale are all the fucking wankers who were out at the Sheraton Grand and/or Empire for UFC73 after parties. While I would probably slit my wrists after 10 minutes with these people, it is kinda entertaining looking at the pics.
My favorite pics:
I would make fun of how Jenna looks but then I’d probably feel bad when she finally dies from whatever disease is ravaging her.
Keoni Koch gives some counter-statistics to balance out the numbers I posted on Sherk earlier today:
17 guard passes
All against a BJJ black belt.
UFCTakedown found this awesome video from before Liddell-Ortiz 2. The windbag interviewer is hilariously terrible. Out of all the mainstream interviews I’ve never seen anyone so obviously clueless about everything.