UFC 168 poised to do blockbuster live gate at MGM Grand with 'Weidman vs. Silva 2'

USA TODAY Sports

Move over GSP and "Bigg Rigg" -- there's a new number-two U.S. gate record in town.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will close out 2013 with two of the biggest live gates in company history.

Last month's Georges St. Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks-headlined UFC 167 netted the world's leading mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion $5.8 million in ticket sales, which -- on United Sates soil at least -- is currently second only to the $6.9 million generated by the Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen-helmed UFC 148 (the company's all-time gate record stands at $12.0 million for UFC 129 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada).

However, just six weeks later, it appears St. Pierre and Hendricks are about to lose their second place status.

"I think we're at $6.3 million right now," UFC President Dana White said of ticket sales for this Saturday's (Dec. 28) UFC 168 event

"Weidman vs. Silva 2" takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, and features a main event of middleweight champion Chris Weidman taking on former 185-pound kingpin Anderson Silva, as well as a co-main event grudge match between women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate.

"We're so sold out of this fight it's insane," White told members of the media gathered at Thursday's pre-fight scrum.

It appears the lure of watching Silva attempt to reclaim the championship he held for so long has caught on with the ticket buying public in a big way.

See why here.

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