MMAforreal.com spoke with a source employed at the Bojangles Coliseum last night and indications are that tickets are going fast. The UFC finalized the 11 fight event on yesterday and the entire fight card can be viewed here. The source indicated that the venue capacity is roughly 11,000 strong but will be scaled back to 10,600 to make accommodations for the octagon, etc. As of last night there are only 4,000 tickets available for this event with only 3 weeks left before the event takes place on March 31st. In other words, 6,600 tickets have already gone out the door(of course some of these will be comped more than likely).
The largest fight night event in regards to attendance was UFN 20, held next door in Virginia at George Mason University with a total of 8,500. So it seems that this North Carolina based Fight Night will smash that number and become the largest Ultimate Fight Night event ever.
UFC president Dana White was so impressed with the event in Virginia, that he said the promotion would probably do a PPV there within the next year or so. Well Mr. White, I hope you plan on doing the same thing here in the state of North Carolina. The fans here and the surrounding areas will come out to support, and there's a lot of talent in this state that needs to be given a look which brings me to the latest news.
The UFC will be holding tryouts for the 12 season of TUF right here in North Carolina on April 1st, which is the day after UFN 21. The tryouts will take place at the Omni Charlotte Hotel's grand ballroom and will begin with registration at 8 a.m. ET, and tryouts begin at 10 a.m. ET while fighters need to arrive between 8am-9am with appropriate work out attire. The address to the location is 132 E. Trade Street Charlotte, North Carolina, 28202. The phone number is (704) 377-0400.
Applicants must be over the age of 21 and have a professional fight record with a minimum of three fights. Season 12 will feature lightweights(155lbs) and light heavyweights(205lbs). Dana White and producers from Spike TV will be on hand that day to judge the fighters. So all my North Carolina guys, represent represent!