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Sports News of Friday, 3 March 2023


Usman vs Edwards 3 tickets sell for N2m

Kamaru Usman versus Leon Edwards Kamaru Usman versus Leon Edwards

Tickets for UFC 286, headlined by welterweight title rematch between Kamaru Usman and Leon Edwards have set a new standard for pricing with exorbitant prices.

Former welterweight kingpin Usman will attempt to reclaim the title from Leon Edwards, who dethroned him with a spectacular knockout at UFC 278 in August 2022. The rematch, which will be their third encounter, will headline UFC 286 and will take place on March 18 at The O2 Arena in London, England which marks the organization’s pay-per-view return to UK soil.

Although the MMA community is really looking forward to this rematch, what caught the attention of fans is the extremely high-ticket price for the event.

According to a survey by Slots Online Canada, UFC 286 will have the second-highest average ticket price for a sporting event in 2023, right behind the National Football League Super Bowl LVII.

The tickets for UFC 286 are exorbitantly priced and range from $485 (N223,327) to $4,460 (N2m). Meanwhile, the tickets for the American Football Conference championship that concluded on February 13 were priced at $9,378 (N4.3m).

Super Bowl ticket prices reflect both the great demand and limited supply for the event. The customary halftime show, which typically comprises performances by some of the most famous artists in the world, can be directly linked to high ticket prices. However, it’s unclear why the cost of a UFC ticket is so steep.