UFC President Dana White explained that there are just a few "cheap seats" left, and that most of the pricier tickets have been scooped up.
"We're a few hundred tickets from a sellout," White said of UFC 157. "And, the gate is so big because the tickets remaining are all the cheap seats, which is very unusual. Usually we get in these situations and it's more the middle tier seats that are still there. These are the cheapest seats in the place. This is going to be a sellout."
The Honda Center holds approximately 18,000 people, and it appears MMA fans want to witness the historic Rousey vs Carmouche event in person rather than in front of a television set.
"This is without a doubt the most media attention we've ever had before a fight," White said of UFC 157. "And when I am talking about media attention, I'm talking big time media. This gate beat the gate last time we were here when we had the heavyweight championship between Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos. I know there was a lot of smack talk initially when I announced this fight with headlining two women, well, this gate is bigger. There is all this talk about pay-per-view buys and how women would do, I just talked to Lorenzo and this fight is trending very well. So, to all the naysayers who said this and that about two women headlining a fight, I won't be rude, but, you know what I usually say about this."
Rousey fights Carmouche in the main event of UFC 157, which is slated for Feb. 23 in Anaheim, Calif.