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Tickets are sold out / go on sale tomorrow

It really sucks to be a cheapo when it comes to big mega-events like UFC 129. If you aren’t willing to spend the 90 bucks on Fight Club membership, you’re probably going to have to deal with scalpers because the event is already sold out:

“To say the response was overwhelming would be an understatement,” said Tom Wright, the UFC’s director of Canadian operations.

“In less than an hour we were pretty well down to some singles (tickets).”

It took the UFC even less time — just seven or eight minutes after tickets went on sale to members of the UFC Fight Club at 10 a.m. ET — to decide it needed to make several thousand more tickets available so there would be some left when the general public gets a chance to buy them Saturday.

On Friday, another pre-sale is set for those who subscribe to the UFC newsletter.

Wright would not detail the possible total number of seats on sale but said 50,000 would be “pushing it.”

Sportsnet is saying the UFC will probably end up releasing another 3000-ish tickets so that there’s actually something for the general public to purchase on Saturday, but who knows how hard it’ll be to actually get your hands on some of those. At this point, you might as well accept that you’ll be padding a Fight Club member’s wallet for your seat.

Some of those who managed to buy tickets Thursday were quick to put them up for resale. One seller offered eight side-by-side seats in Section 115 — face value of $150 each — for $4,500 or $562.50 each.

Another on Craigslist offered two $50 tickets for $175 each “or highest bidder.

Don’t worry too much … if you’re willing to fly by the seat of your pants and miss a prelim fight or two, I bet you there’ll be scalpers outside the Skydome selling nosebleeds for like 80 or 90 bucks. Bastards, but whatcha gonna do? I’d be more upset, but the UFC blasting through 42,000 tickets in a morning is just too positive of a thing for me to stay cranky.

  • agentsmith

    I expected as much, but it’s still fucking maddening.  I’ll try to get some of the handful that’s left on Saturday, but I fully expect to fail.  I’m supposed to be going with a group of four, and I figure my chances of getting four seats together are about as good as my chances of banging four Octagon girls at once.

    I tried to get tix for the first Montreal show… I was on the Ticketbastard website hitting “refresh” every few seconds until the “find tickets” button appeared.  In the time it took me to enter the number of tickets and fill in the code thingy, they were gone.  Elapsed time: less than 10 seconds.  I can’t imagine how it was humanly possible to do it faster… maybe the key word there is “humanly”.

  • CAP

    This whole “Fight Club” thing seems like a scalpers wet dream.

  • Letibleu

    you guys should have asked me :(

  • Letibleu

    next time maybe we can organize as a group. Ryan becomes the money middleman and I get the tickets and ryan distributes and pays me. Ill do it for a beer a piece.

  • subo

    ^ Well let me just pull off my diamond slippers and pull my ruby encrusted money clip out of my non-stain-riddled jeans.


    Oh I must have left it at the chateau.  I’ll have to remind Alfred to bring it.

  • agentsmith

    All gone.  :(


    Leti, you got some special hookup for tickets or what?

  • robnashville

    well…. about 25% of the tickets never went on sale in the first place (at minimum) ….

    …but hey, blasting through 42,000 tickets in a morning is just too positive of a thing for anyone to get pissed about that….

  • G Funk

    Subo is always so pathetically broke.

  • hrockafeller

    My friends and I purchased the fight club pass and still weren’t able to get tickets. We ended up paying $100 bucks for the $50 seats. I’m still pumped to go though – gonna try to do everything I can (weigh ins, fan expo, open press confrences, etc) to really get my money’s worth.

    Secondly, if tickets sold this well, you know the UFC will be back sooner rather than later. They would be stupid not to.

  • Zurich

    This was total bullshit.


    My buddy was already a Fight Club member.  He sat at his computer thursday morning from 9:55 a.m. hitting refresh until the ‘buy’ icon appeared.  He clicked it, the server timed out with an error, and when it came back online a few minutes later, ALL THE TICKETS WERE GONE.  We checked out StubHub and similar sites, however, and they had thousands of tickets available at 4x the price.  BULL-FUCKING-SHIT.  42,000 tickets GONE in a matter of minutes?


    It’s illegal in Ontario for TicketMaster to be in cahoots with these scalper sites, but I guess it’s not for the scalper sites to use high tech means to rape/pillage TicketMaster as soon as they go on sale.  And the UFC doesn’t care (check Dana’s twitter – there’s NOTHING about this fan outrage) – they already got paid.


    So today, once again, we hover over the TicketMaster site waiting for 10 a.m……. and same shit happens.  All sold out in a matter of seconds.


    I’ve been a loyal UFC fan for years, have bought many a PPV, and when they finally come to town for the biggest show ever, I’m shut out from it… in my home town.  Total bullshit.


    “Why don’t you just pay the scalper fee?”, you might ask?  Well, that encourages them.  The only way make this stop, aside from lobbying the Minister of Consumer Affairs and Competition Bureau, is to vote with your dollars – let these fuckwads be stuck with tickets they can’t offload.  By making it an unprofitable enterprise, maybe then the fans can reclaim their events.


    This clip sums up my feeling of deep burning hatred and anger on the matter: 

  • Letibleu


  • G Funk

    Why did Leti edit off his awesomely derogatory statement towards Subo? Weak…


    I compiled some links to ebay, Craigslist and Stubhub.

    $99,000 for four tickets. Suites selling between $39,000 – $75,000. Even blocks of 8 crappy tickets in the rafters are going for as much as $6,000.

    Check out these ridiculous prices:

  • scissors61

    Sweet Jesus, makes me wonder what kind of scalping insanity will break loose when/if Silva and St. Pierre finally collide. 

  • Rodriguez

    Scalpers are ruining everything. I paid $330 for two concert tickets with face values of $40 each. I stayed home from school hitting refresh on Ticketmaster for 0 tickets.


    Fuck, it was easy to get UFC 79 tickets, and I was able to get UFC 73 tickets for half of face value. This is what happense when the sport gets bigger, goddammit.