UFC president Dana White put to rest any notion that UFC 162 was a hard sell to the general public Thursday during the pre-fight press conference.
After initially saying he had no idea, and didn’t plan to “sweat that stuff” in regards to the sale of tickets, White confirmed the unofficial early numbers.
The card, which takes place Saturday night and boasts a main event between UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman has already sold 12,400 tickets for a live gate of $4.26 million, according to White.
Earlier reports stated that 25-percent of the MGM Grand Garden had been sold for the card.
“In the old days, I used to think about (ticket sales),” White said. “Honestly, I don’t even know anything about the ticket sales (before later revealing the numbers).”
The UFC boss also added that no official decision has been made concerning fight-night bonuses. Speculation has centered around the promotion ending them to provide more base pay to fighters, but White said they will sit down with the actual competitors before making any decision.