|Date: 02/11||1:30 AM|
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With Montreal’s UFC 83 event producing the fastest sellout in the organizations’ UFC history, UFC President Dana White has made a promise that the UFC will “definitely” return to Canada for a second event.
The UFC made the announcement of the sellout late Thursday night.
UFC 83 takes place April 19 at Montreal’s Bell Centre. It’ll be the first-ever event in Canada and features a headline bout between UFC welterweight champion Matt Serra and interim champ Georges St. Pierre.
“Most of the tickets for UFC 83 were sold in the first 24 hours of our UFC Fight Club pre-sale, and the rest were gone within one minute of the public on-sale (date) today,” White stated in a press release. “I’m excited to say that this event is a sellout, and the fastest one in UFC history, so it’s safe to say we definitely will be back in Canada after this inaugural event.“
So many tickets were sold during Sunday’s pre-sale for fan-club members that UFC executives opted to halt a pre-sale for newsletter subscribers that was set to take place on Tuesday. Instead, the remaining tickets were put on hold for today’s on-sale date for the general public.
More than 21,000 tickets were sold in total, which will set a UFC record attendance. UFC 68, which took place in Columbus, Ohio, back in March 2007, holds the current record with 19,049 spectators.
UFC officials says they’re researching alternative viewing options for fans who could not obtain a ticket to UFC 83.