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People are getting pissed about this ticket bullshit

Ginger warrior Jason MacDonald hasn’t had much luck getting back into the cage to fight, but at least he has a backup job writing articles for CTV Sportsnet. In his latest column he tackles UFC 129 selling out in record time – not with the standard gushing love most others have, but from the perspective of a Canadian who’s friends and family weren’t able to even get a whiff of tickets:

The big news last week was the Toronto show selling out in record time, with record attendance and record gate. But I have to say, I have some pretty upset friends and family. None of them were able to get any tickets.

A couple different people told me the only reason they signed up for the UFC Fight Club was to ensure that they could get tickets and then they couldn’t get one of the 55,000 tickets that were sold. They said they have no desire for being part of a fan club and now they have this $89 membership that’s useless to them.

The sentiment that I read from a lot of people was that they bought the membership with the assumption that they can get tickets ahead of the general public and they felt somewhat privileged or had a sense of entitlement. So maybe there was some frustration in that regard.

All I know is my entire family was online at 8 a.m. MT when the tickets first went on sale and there wasn’t a ticket to be had. So I understand the frustration of someone not being able to get a ticket to watch their own son compete.

I don’t know that blame could be placed on anyone for it. Ticket agencies such as StubHub go on and buy up a bunch of tickets. Maybe the UFC should look at selling the tickets independently so that places ticket vendors can’t buy thousands of seats and then sell them at a huge markup within hours. But I know before lunch time there were tickets on StubHub for four times the face value.

And if a fan buys the membership and is on the site as soon as the tickets are on sale, maybe the UFC needs to do a better job to make sure they have a more fair chance.

Considering the UFC is literally in paid cahoots with StubHub, it shouldn’t be surprising that shit goes down this way. But can we agree that when a person buys a Fight Club membership so they can get a few tickets to a 55,000 person event but still can’t – even though they were trying the minute tickets went on sale – that things have gotten out of control?


    StubHub doesn’t buy tickets, individual “scalpers” purchase the tickets and sell them on StubHub. StubHub then gets a cut (fee or percentage, not sure) for brokering the the ticket sale between you and the scalper.

    Think ebay, just a bit grimier.

  • Billytk

    I’m glad someone in the “media” is finally pointing out what BS this is and just one more reason I’ll never pay to join the UFC fight club

  • Take It Easy

    his family is literally retarded because a) i bought my ticket like 45 minutes after they went on sale and b) if yo buy from ticketmaster you can just have them add on the fight club membership to the price when you buy so you dont get fucked

  • agentsmith

    ^^ Goddamn, you are so fucking SMART.

  • Mixed Martial Adam

    TAKE IT EASY – Did you a buy a SINGLE ticket 45 min after they were on sale? Because I was online at 10:06am and that fucker was pretty much sold out then. I couldn’t find two tickets side by side anywhere in the arena and as far as I know I’m not retarded (literally or otherwise).

    You either got lucky (i.e. someone who had tickets reserved either closed their browser early or screwed up the checkout process and you were able to jump in) or you bought a single seat for yourself. I had to buy my tickets from sclapers, but luckily the prices online were still fairly reasonable a few hours after going on sale through ticketmaster.



  • iamphoenix

    so take it easy, when did you graduate Jedi Academy?

  • Take It Easy

    i flunked out because i was too busy sleeping around to attend class

  • G Funk

    Now the Canadians all of a sudden give a fuck bout the way the UFC handles their ticketing? Wonder why?

  • Simco

    One more reason to like the Athlete.

  • Zurich

    I hope this story catches on.  I’ve been a huge fan and supporter of the UFC for years, and I got screwed out of a ticket.  No way I’m buying from a piece of shit scalper though – I hope those fuckers can’t offload their tickets and go bankrupt, with home foreclosure thrown in for good measure.

  • Letibleu

    They adopted the line “What’s in YOUR wallet?” as a business practice.

    I got my tickets (150$) the day after they sold out. The force is strong with this one.


  • Letibleu

    I was just looking at the layout. Must be a 10 minute walkout for each fighter lol

  • Predator8u

    $89 membership that’s useless to them.

    ^^^^^What? you pay $89…. just for the ability to buy overpriced tickets a few hours before other people(non$89) Buy them.^^^^^^

    That’s all a SHAME and very LAME of the UFC

  • glassjawsh

    ^is it them who you BLAME? , do you think maybe it was a FRAME? this isn’t a GAME, to make you feel stupid was my AIM

  • Take It Easy

    lol suck it down poorfags

  • agentsmith

    Oh jawsh, you clever fucker.