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The Success of UFC 119: Indianapolis

Written on September 27, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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Since its debut, UFC comes back with successful public reviews. The UFC 119 Indianapolis was no exception. With ticket sales more than expected, UFC officials should throw a victory party.

This weekend’s UFC 119 event drew a whooping 15,811 attendees for the live gate of $1,613,337, UFC officials announced prior to the conclusion of the pay-per-view event. The fight, which took place last Saturday, was hosted by Indianapolis’ Conseco Fieldhouse and marked the UFC’s debut in the state of Indiana.

The number of complimentary tickets issued was not released though. But according to UFC this is more than what they thought they’ll get.

Tickets range from $40 for upper-level access to $300 for cageside seats. If the figures are true, the UFC generated $102.04 per ticket. And that is a lot.

UFC 119 was aired on Spike TV (two preliminary-card fights) and pay-per-view (main card) that headlines former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir and former PRIDE grand prix champion Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic. Plus, a co-headliner fight between undefeated light heavyweight prospect Ryan Bader and longtime veteran Antonio Rogerio Nogueira made the co-feature of the event.

Indianapolis-based fighters Chris Lytle, Matt Mitrione and Sean McCorkle were also seen among the evening’s televised fights.

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UFC 119: Mir Victorious Over Cro Cop

Written on September 27, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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The fight was not what we expected it to be. First, Cro Cop and Mir were just clinching each other on the cage for three whole rounds. Second, we thought that Cro Cop is hard to knock out. Third, it was a boring 14-minute sparring rather than a fight.

Frank Mir’s brutal knee ended up the fight of Mirko Cro Cop last Saturday on UFC 119. Making it a KO win for Frank Mir ending up a 14 minute action for the headliners.

Cro Cop eventually wasn’t hurt much and got up quickly after the KO. But afterward he went up to Mir and asked what happened. Irony is that, before the bout there are speculations that Mir had to do extreme grappling in order to KO a striker like Cro Cop. Mir turned out to win without so much action.

“I just pulled a victory over Mirko with no jiu jitsu,” Mir said.

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