The sophomore effort for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) north of the United States border appears to be twice as nice.
Tickets for UFC 97: "Redemption" at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, on April are all gone ... and it all happened in less than one week.
That's great news for the more than 20,000 fans who got in before the well dried up, considering, too, that the major event was in jeopardy of being relocated to Las Vegas just a few days ago.
Indeed, the Quebec Athletic Commission (QAC) had voiced serious concerns that the North America Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts did not match the current set on its books.
However, with millions of dollars clearly at stake and more than 20,000 tickets already gobbled up by rabid fans, the two sides were able to hammer out a mutual understanding in short order.
What a relief on so many different levels.
UFC 97 is already on its way to mirroring the success UFC 83: "St. Pierre vs. Serra 2," which shattered North American mixed martial arts attendance (21,390) and gate ($5.1 million) figures back in April 2008.
The pay-per-view (PPV) event features middleweight champion Anderson Silva, putting his 185-pound title on the line against number one division contender, Thales Leites. In the co-main event, Mauricio Rua — fresh off his less-than-thrilling victory over Mark "The Hammer" Coleman at UFC 93 — will challenge former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell.
To check out the complete "Redemption" fight card, which the promotion finalized just yesterday, click here.