Alright Canada, we get it. You love you some Georges St-Pierre. Three days after releasing tickets for “UFC 129: St-Pierre vs. Shields,” the world’s premier mixed martial arts promotion announced they have sold out their April 30th show in Toronto.
The Rogers Centre was originally configured for 42,000 seats, but due to an overwhelming demand they were forced to reconfigure the venue to accommodate 55,000 fans. It was previously reported that nearly a quarter of the tickets cost $100 or less.
“UFC continues to set new milestones,” UFC president Dana White stated. “We’ve sold 55,000 tickets in our first stadium event in Toronto and we continue to take the UFC to the next level.”
The Octagon’s debut in Toronto will feature a welterweight title scrap between Canada’s three-time defending Most Popular Athlete and Jake Shields.
St-Pierre and Josh Koscheck set the North American attendance record at UFC 124 this past December. A reported 23,152 screaming GSP fanboys packed the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada that evening.
UFC 83 in April 2009 took place inside the Bell Centre, as well. That card also featured you know who and was the Octagon’s prior attendance record holder with 21,451.
Here are the athletes scheduled to participate in the record-setting extravaganza:
John Makdessi vs. Kyle Watson
Jason MacDonald vs. Ryan Jensen
Ivan Menjivar vs. Charlie Valencia
Claude Patrick vs. Daniel Roberts
Pablo Garza vs. Yves Jabouin
Brian Foster vs. Sean Pierson
Nate Diaz vs. Rory MacDonald
Phil Davis vs. TBD
Mark Bocek vs. Ben Henderson
Randy Couture vs. Lyoto Machida
Mark Hominick vs. Jose Aldo (UFC Featherweight Champion)
Jake Shields vs. Georges St-Pierre (UFC Welterweight Champion)