I have beeb flooded with emails asking when tickets for the now-officially announced UFC 74 would be going on sale and I now have an answer. Tickets for the event, headlined by a heavyweight title match between Randy Couture and Gabriel Gonzaga, will go on starting on Thursday July 5th.
Tickets will be priced at $800, $500, $300, $200, $100 and $50.
On July 5th UFC Fight Club members will be the first people to get a shot at the hot tickets. On July 7th (the same day as UFC 73) UFC newsletter subscribers (and readers of this site) will have special access to buying the tickets a day before they go on sale to the public. Finally the tickets will go on sale to the general public on July 8th.
The password for the presale has not been released but I will pass it along sometme in the days before the tickets go on sale.
Continue reading for the full press release announcing the event:
Las Vegas, NV (USA) â€“ Fight fans around the world watched Randy â€œThe Naturalâ€? Couture as he dominated Tim Sylvia for five straight rounds to become the only man ever to win the UFCÂ® World Heavyweight title three times. Seven weeks later, millions watched in awe as Gabriel â€œNapÃ£oâ€? Gonzaga landed a devastating knockout over Mirko â€œCro Copâ€?, one of the most skilled and feared heavyweights in the world. Having earned the respect of sports fans everywhere, both Couture and Gonzaga â€“ the two best heavyweights in the UFC â€“ will now face each other in one of the most anticipated title fights in history. The Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipÂ® organization presents UFC 74: RESPECT featuring the championship main event Couture vs. Gonzaga and the special feature Georges St-Pierre vs. Josh Koscheck, live from Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Events Center Saturday, August 25.
â€œWith Gonzaga coming in and beating Mirko â€œCro Copâ€? the way he did and Randy Couture defeating Tim Sylvia the way he did makes for one of the most exciting heavyweight fights in UFC history,â€? said UFC President Dana White. â€œI honestly canâ€™t remember the last time I was this excited for a heavyweight matchup â€“ I canâ€™t wait to see these two get in the Octagon at UFC 74.â€?
Tickets for UFC 74: RESPECT will go on sale Sunday, July 8 and will be priced at $800, $500, $300, $200, $100 and $50. Tickets will be sold at any Mandalay Bay box office and all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (Smithâ€™s Food and Drug Centers, Macyâ€™s stores and Ritmo Latino). To charge by phone with a major credit card, call the Mandalay Bay box office at (702) 632-7580 or Ticketmaster at (702) 474-4000. Tickets also are available for purchase at www.ufc.com, www.mandalaybay.com or www.ticketmaster.com.
UFC 74: RESPECT is available live on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. EST/7 p.m. PST on iN DEMAND, DIRECTV, DISH Network, TVN, Bell ExpressVu, Shaw Communications and Viewerâ€™s Choice Canada for a suggested retail price of $39.95 ($39.99 CAD) and in HD where available for $49.95.
UFCÂ® Fight Clubâ„¢ members will have the first opportunity to purchase tickets to this event Thursday, July 5 via www.ufc.com. A special Internet ticket pre-sale will be available to UFC newsletter subscribers beginning Saturday, July 7 at 10 a.m. PST. To access this presale, users must register for the UFC newsletter through www.ufc.com.
Couture (15-8), fighting out of Las Vegas, will attempt his first successful defense of his UFC heavyweight belt. Couture electrified fight fans at UFC 68 by dominating the heavily-favored Sylvia through all five rounds to earn status as the first three-time heavyweight champion in UFC history. A fan favorite often referred to as â€œCaptain Americaâ€?, Couture is one of the most respected fighters in the world today. He plans a successful title defense and a repeat performance of UFC 68 when he takes on Gongaza at UFC 74 in his native Las Vegas.
Brazilian born Gonzaga (8-1), now fighting out of Ludlow, Mass., is the number one contender to the UFC heavyweight title. In his last UFC fight, Gonzaga destroyed one of the most feared heavyweightsin mixed martial arts when he scored a first round knockout over 2006 PRIDE Open Weight Grand Prix Champion Mirko â€œCro Copâ€?. Although he holds a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Gonzaga proved at UFC 70 that he is just as deadly on his feet. He has all the respect in the world for Couture, but that will not hold him back from taking out the heavyweight champion and claiming the belt for himself, his family and his nation.
In a special feature, Georges â€œRushâ€? St-Pierre will return to the Octagonâ„¢ for the first time since his unexpected loss to Matt â€œThe Terrorâ€? Serra at UFC 69. Fighting out of Montreal, Quebec, Canada and holding a record of 13 wins and two losses â€“ the first to Matt Hughes and the second to Serra â€“ the former welterweight champion is anxious to deploy his explosive fighting techniques and reinstate his winning ways at UFC 74.
Koscheck, fighting out of Fresno, Calif. and holding a record of 11-1, is coming off a highly-regarded win over the previously undefeated Diego Sanchez at UFC 69. Koscheck is now viewed as one of the top welterweights in a fiercely competitive division and knows a win over St-Pierre puts him in line for a title shot. He is certain that he can overpower and outperform the Canadian â€œPhenomâ€? at UFC 74 and move one step closer to a 170-pound championship fight.