The first-ever show for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in Dublin, Ireland, can already be considered somewhat of a success.
And we’re still more than two months away from fight night at The O2 on January 17.
That’s because UFC 93 has already sold out in about two weeks for the pay-per-view (PPV) event that is scheduled to help christen the refurbished facility, which can pack in about 10,000 screaming fans from the Emerald Isle.
Here’s what UFC UK Division President Marshall Zelaznik said in a recent press release:
"The UFC brand of mixed martial arts is the already biggest indoor sport in the UK -- and we are ecstatic that the popularity and passion for the UFC is matched across the Irish Sea. This is our seventh successive sell-out in the British Isles since April of 2007, and we now hold records in six of the biggest arenas in all of Europe. We have the most dedicated and passionate fans in sport and we are thrilled to be bringing some of the biggest names in the sport to the Emerald Isle early in the New Year."
The good news is that tickets can more than likely still be purchased through StubHub, which often has seats available even if the event is "sold out."
Rich "Ace" Franklin (24-3) and Dan "Hollywood" Henderson (23-7) — two of the world’s most elite 205-pound fighters — will duke it out in the main event. And Brazilian powerhouse Mauricio "Shogun" Rua will return and look to get back in the win column as he takes on UFC pioneer Mark "The Hammer" Coleman.