UFC Lightweight Discloses Staggering Expenses for UFC 295 Tickets, Despite Fighter’s Discount
Renowned UFC lightweight Jared Gordon, who previously faced off against British MMA sensation Paddy Pimblett, is preparing for an electrifying showdown at UFC 295 in New York on November 11. Despite having experienced a contentious decision loss to Pimblett last December, Gordon is gearing up for a highly anticipated clash against lightweight contender Mark Madsen, scheduled as the co-headliner alongside a heavyweight title battle between Jon Jones and Stipe Miocic.
In a surprising turn of events, the 35-year-old athlete recently unveiled his receipt, showcasing the acquisition of 17 tickets. These tickets, acquired at a reduced rate granted to fighters participating in the year’s most eagerly awaited MMA even (UFC 295), amounted to a jaw-dropping $21,869—equivalent to roughly £17,953. Remarkably, Gordon expressed his delight at the prospect of having his family in the audience, despite the considerable financial outlay.
In a tweet, he shared, “These are discounted tickets I obtained through the UFC for my MSG fight, intended for some family and friends. UFC’s ability to fill an arena of nearly 20,000 seats at prices even higher than these truly speaks to the dedication of our fans. I love you all!”
However, amidst the chatter that ensued, many fans fixated on the exorbitant expense incurred by a UFC fighter for tickets to an event in which they are actively competing. Gordon was quick to emphasize his gratitude toward Dana White’s promotion for providing him with four complimentary tickets and a discount code.
Gordon affirmed, “UFC consistently allocates four complimentary tickets to every fighter who successfully makes weight. I am well aware of my entitlement to those four tickets; I simply wanted to extend my gratitude to the fans for their unwavering support. The UFC has curated its most monumental card yet, and I am honored to be a part of it. How’s that for a headline?”
While Gordon’s heartfelt message aimed at fans was overshadowed by the ticket expenses, it’s worth noting that fans were already up in arms about the staggering cost of UFC 295 tickets. Recently, one ticket was sold for an astronomical sum exceeding £90,000. Even the cheapest available tickets currently command a hefty £693 [$864], pricing out some UFC enthusiasts and adding further fuel to the fire of discontent.
Chael Sonnen Harks Back to Jared Gordon Fight in Questioning Paddy Pimblett’s Favoritism Over Tony Ferguson in UFC 296 Clash
The UFC’s year-end fight schedule is abuzz with anticipation, notably for the return of Paddy Pimblett. Widely known as “The Baddy,” the former Cage Warriors champion has been out of action since his contentious unanimous decision victory over Jared Gordon at UFC 282 last December.
Pimblett’s much-anticipated comeback was recently confirmed by UFC CEO Dana White for the year’s final pay-per-view event. He’s set to square off against the former interim champion and divisional veteran, Tony Ferguson.
While this announcement garnered significant attention, it also ignited a storm of criticism. Many view this bout as a calculated move by the promotion to elevate Pimblett, potentially at the expense of an out-of-form “El Cucuy” who has faced mounting calls for retirement.
Chael Sonnen, a former UFC title contender turned analyst, has added his voice to the discourse…In a recent YouTube video, Sonnen shared his immediate reaction to the Pimblett vs. Ferguson matchup and delivered a bold prediction. Despite Ferguson’s recent struggles, Sonnen doesn’t see any concrete evidence that “El Cucuy” is below the level of his upcoming adversary.
Sonnen confidently declared, “Paddy ‘The Baddy’ is going to get outclassed by Tony Ferguson.” He emphasized Ferguson’s track record against elite competition, highlighting that Pimblett has yet to reach that level. Sonnen’s insights have added to the growing chorus of voices questioning the favoritism shown to Pimblett in this matchup.
Alongside Sonnen, former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping has also defended the fight, asserting that it’s an appropriate challenge for Pimblett’s comeback. The debate over this compelling showdown is only likely to intensify as the event draws near.
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