Dana White, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president has revealed that its upcoming pay-per-view (PPV) event, UFC 205 has broken the gate record of Madison Square Garden (MSG). UFC 205 will be the MMA promotion’s first ever event at the iconic venue.
Dana White was present in Chicago to watch Game 3 of the Major League Baseball’s (MLB) World Series between the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians. The 47-year-old appeared in FS1’s pregame show and was questioned on the event by host Kevin Burkhardt.
White was asked about his feelings regarding staging the event at MSG by Burkhardt. The man from Manchester, Connecticut, United States replied and stressed on the ticket sales of the event.
“We’ve been in all the biggest, best arenas all over the world. Madison Square Garden is a big deal. We actually broke the gate record for Madison Square Garden, so … so far so good. I’m excited!” Dana While said, as reported by SB Nation.
However, there have been no official figures released by the UFC president or the promotion itself. But, it is expected that final figures of the ticket sales will be released after the event ends on November 12, 2016, according to mmafighting.com.
MSG’s current gate record stands at $13.5 million. This was recorded at the mega heavyweight fight between Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield in 1999.
UFC’s current gate record stands at $12,075,000 for UFC 129: St-Pierre vs. Shields in 2011. So, if the MMA promotion has indeed broken the record, it will surpass its own one as well.
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