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Posted by Marc Middleton in MMA News
Monday, July 13th, 2009

Source: MMAWeekly

– Dana White recently commented on the UFC Fan Expo from this weekend, including the number of people that may have attended. Here are the highlights:

On The Fan Expo Attendance: “They were estimating it was between 30,000 and 50,000 people that were just here for the expo. I thought it was awesome. We were blown away. We thought it was a great idea, we thought it was huge, we thought it would work. Now we’ve just got to get back together and figure out when we want to do it again.”

On Where He Got The Idea: “Every year that we went to the fights in Columbus, Ohio, we did it during the Arnold. And you go to these expos, and it’s fun. It’s all these people that share the same interests and love MMA. All the people that come into town for fight weekend are looking for stuff to do anyway. Everybody’s trying to organize these things and get together, so it made a lot of sense.”

On Running Outdoor Stadiums: “I’m a fight fan, first and foremost. That’s what I am, and I think like a fight fan. I don’t want to be in a 60,000-seat arena watching a fight. Imagine if you’re a fight fan, and you can only afford the $35 tickets. You’re sitting up [high] and the [expletive] guys look like ants down there fighting. That’s not fun to me. Part of going to a UFC event is you’re in anywhere from a 10,000 to 22,000-seat arena, the energy is buzzing, you’re close enough to see and touch and feel things. You can see the fights. I’m always going to think and always going to run this business like a fight fan, not like, ‘Hey, let’s get 100,000 people and stuff them in an arena and put on a fight for people that they can’t even see the fight, but you can just say you were there.’ That’s not me.”

On Running Hawaii: “We will probably have to [hold an event in an outdoor stadium] in Hawaii. Here’s the reason: We fixed the thing in Hawaii. We’re going to go to Hawaii now. They had that crazy [expletive] tax thing going on. We fixed that. We’re going to go to Hawaii, and the only place we can do it in Hawaii would be in the Aloha [Stadium] because all of the other venues are too small.”

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