(UPDATE 7/7/15) Prices are starting to drop, but UFC 189 tickets are still among the most expensive tracked on the secondary market. Even as Chad Mendes replaces Jose Aldo in the main event against Conor McGregor, the current average price for UFC 189 is $803.62 with a get-in price of $279. Only two UFC fights have been more expensive on the secondary market since 2010, UFC 137 in October of 2010 and UFC 175 in July of last year. Both of those fights were held at the Mandalay Bay Events Center, while Saturday’s fight will be held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena
UFC 189 Tickets Down 12% After Aldo Withdrawal, Still Average $840
UFC 189 has a new main event on Saturday July 11 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Chad Mendes (17-2, 8 KOs) will step in to face top contender Conor McGregor (17-2, 15 KOs) of Ireland for the Interim Featherweight Championship. The original featured main event was scratched this past Tuesday as the current Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo withdrew from the bout with a disclosed rib injury. Aldo was coming off a win over Chad Mendes in his last outing, but the bout with the power punching Irishman McGregor is now off, which is a buzzkill for UFC fans but will still be treated to a main event featuring world class featherweights.
Prices for UFC 189 tickets have dropped since Jose Aldo withdrew from the bout. The average price had been $955.12 on the secondary market, but since Tuesday’s announcement UFC 189 tickets have dropped 12 percent and are now averaging $840.57, with the cheapest seat priced at $362.
Tickets for UFC 189, despite the price drop and the withdrawal from Jose Aldo, are still the most expensive UFC tickets for the year in 2015. UFC 189 tickets on the secondary market trumps the second most expensive UFC event this year by 59% which was Anderson Silva’s comeback bout earlier this year against MMA veteran Nick Diaz at the same venue with tickets going for an average price of $527.51.
UFC 189 tickets were very high in price prior to Aldo dropping from the main event because of the quality of the matchup. It’s one of the best matchups in the sport featuring two fighters coming off big winning streaks with McGregor bringing a lot of punching power to the table. Still, Mendes vs McGregor is a quality matchup and the two have never fought each other and bring different styles to the octagon.
The overall card for UFC 189 includes five fights with a strong co-feature pitting the UFC Welterweight Champion Robbie Lawler (25-10-1, 19 KOs), fresh off his upset victory getting revenge over Johny Hendricks in a split decision win this past December, against the No. 2 ranked Welterweight contender Rory MacDonald (18-2, 7 KOs) of Canada.
UFC 189 is a strong card featuring two world title fights, pitting the best against the best and the winner of the main event between Mendes vs McGregor will then get a crack at the true featherweight champion Jose Aldo.