UFC middleweight titleholder Robert Whittaker. Picture: Stefan Postles

UFC 234 officially a sell out


UFC middleweight titleholder Robert Whittaker (left) and Kelvin Gastelum pose for a photograph during a press conference at Melbourne Arena. Picture: Stefan PostlesSource:AAP

MELBOURNE’S blockbuster UFC 234 card is a officially a sell out.

The UFC today confirmed that tickets to the historic event, featuring Australian Rob Whittaker’s first title defence on home soil, had sold out in minutes.

Rod Laver Arena will be at its maximum capacity on February 10 when middleweight champion Robert “The Reaper” Whittaker puts his belt on the line against the No.4 ranked Kelvin Gastelum in a five-round title bout.

The overwhelming demand for tickets, which were snapped up just eight minutes into the general public on-sale last Friday, has set a new UFC sales record in Australia and makes UFC 234 the third live UFC event in a row to be sold out in Australia.

Purchasing a UFC VIP Experience now remains the only way to gain entry to Rod Laver Arena.

UFC middleweight titleholder Robert Whittaker. Picture: Stefan Postles

UFC middleweight titleholder Robert Whittaker. Picture: Stefan PostlesSource:AAP

“Melbourne has proven once again why it is known as the sports capital of Australia, if not the world,” said David Shaw, the UFC’s senior vice president of international and content.

“In 2015 we smashed records with our debut event in Victoria UFC 193: ROUSEY vs HOLM and now we are thrilled to see continued success in selling out UFC 234: WHITTAKER vs. GASTELUM in record time.

“With what will be an exceptional fight card and Australia’s Robert Whittaker defending his UFC middleweight belt for the first time on home soil, UFC 234 will be an unmissable event.

“Those fans not lucky enough to join us at Rod Laver Arena can join the rest of the world watching the action from the Octagon live on Pay-Per-View.”

UFC 234 will broadcast in Australia live on Pay-Per-View at 2pm on Sunday, February 10.

It will also feature former UFC middleweight champion and Brazilian legend Anderson “The Spider” Silva.

With the longest title run in UFC history at 2,457 days already on his resume, the future Hall of Famer will take on undefeated rising star Israel “The Last Stylebender” Adesanya in the co-main event of the evening.

Additional bouts will be announced in the coming weeks.