Report: UFC 186 Seating Configuration Changed Due to Low Ticket Sales
By FCF Staff
The card for UFC 186 has been hit by several, big setbacks, and it looks like ticket sales for the event have suffered as a result.
Initially, the Montreal bound event was supposed to feature the city’s resident, Rory MacDonald, taking on Hector Lombard. The fight was cancelled, however, after the latter tested positive for performance enhancing drugs in January.
The April 25th card was also supposed to include a rematch between Renan Barao and bantamweight champ TJ Dillashaw, but the latter was forced to withdraw due to injury. Then, “Rampage” Jackson was pulled from the event due to an ongoing contract dispute with Bellator, until he was reinserted this week. The former light-heavyweight champ is scheduled to fight Fabio Maldonado.
According to a report from the French publication MMA Nouvelles, the UFC has taken several seating sections off the market, and has reconfigured the event for a lower bowl configuration. The promotion has confirmed that change to MMA Junkie.com, and other sources have informed the outlet that approximately 5,4000 tickets have been sold for the card (as of Thursday afternoon).
UFC 186 will be hosted by the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, which can hold up to 19,000 fans.
The event will be headlined by a flyweight bout between champion Demetrious Johnson and Kyoji Horiguchi.
Michael Bisping is also set to battle fellow middleweight contender, CB Dolloway.