UFC 205 on Path to Biggest MSG Gate Ever
UFC 205 appears to be living up to its record-breaking expectations, as it is now the biggest live gate for a sporting event at Madison Square Garden.
UFC spokesperson David Lockett announced on Friday that the pay-per-event has passed the current record of $17 million. Currently, the biggest live gate for a sporting event inside the "World’s Most Famous Arena" comes from a 1999 boxing match featuring Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield, a bout which raked in $13.5 million and had over 21,000 fans in attendance.
It also will be breaking the UFC’s biggest live gate in its history. The current holder of that record is UFC 129 in 2011, an event that brought 55,000 fans to the Rogers Centre in Toronto with a gate of $12,075,000.
It is expected that about 20,000 people will be in attendance for the UFC event, the first in New York since the legalization of MMA. Average ticket prices right now are at about $1,000 a pop, with floor seats going for as much as $15,000.
UFC 205 will be headlined by a lightweight championship between champion Eddie Alvarez and the challenger, UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor. The UFC welterweight and women’s strawweight titles will also be on the line in the event, and the card will also feature stars among the likes of Miesha Tate, Chris Weidman and Frankie Edgar.