Atencio Happy with "Day of Reckoning" Ticket Sales

Written by Tom Ngo
January 13th, 2009

Affliction Entertainment vice president Tom Atencio stated that he is extremely comfortable with the early success they have been having with ticket sales for their second MMA promotion, “Day of Reckoning,” on January 24th. Atencio’s statements are contrary to various other reports that state the promotion has roughly sold only 2,000 of the 15,000 available seats inside Honda Center.

“That’s absolutely not true,” Atencio today told MMAjunkie.com. “One hundred percent inaccurate.”

When asked for specifics on how satisfied he was with the current ticket sale numbers, as usual, the secretive Atencio remained tight-lipped.

“I don’t want to give out exact numbers, but it’s very similar to the first show,” he stated. “And I’m very happy with the ticket sales at this point.”

Their first MMA event, “Banned,” was held at the same Honda Center in Anaheim, California and drew in 14,832, which was good for a live gate ticket total of $2,085,510. Of the 14,832 total tickets, 11,242 were sold, and 3,590 were complimentary.

Days after the event, Atencio claimed that the promotion had well over 100,000 pay-per-view buys, which would be exceptional for a brand new MMA organization. Though nobody has been able to confirm or deny these numbers, Atencio is expecting nothing less for their follow-up event.

“If we’re as successful as the first [show], and I’m sure we will be, then I’m going to be real happy,” he said.

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