UFC's Dwindling Attendance in Japan (2012-2017)

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  1. Danespina Silver Belt

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    5 events in Saitama Super Arena since 2012. Attendance has gone down each time.

    02/26/2012 - 21,000 (Edgar vs. Henderson)
    03/03/2013 - 14,682 (Silva vs. Stann)
    09/20/2014 - 12,395 (Hunt vs. Nelson)
    09/27/2015 - 10,137 (Barnett vs. Nelson)
    09/23/2017 - 8,571 (Saint Preux vs. Okami)
     
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    depends on the setup of the arena, its like a multifunction thing. i think it was only set up for 10k anyway

    im sure the time of day it was on wouldnt have helped

    and no big name headline
     
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    They want shit like RIZIN not UFC
     
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    Japan is worth less and less as a market.
    At least we had a Japan card in 2017.

    UFC played his last card with the "Road to UFC Japan" reality show, but i guess it was a total failure.
    I liked that show, but nobody talked about it, even the most japanophile mma fans on Sherdog didn't care.
     
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    It was on at 6 am in Japan. lol

    Of course it was going to be dead...
     
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    Japan is a baseball country.
     
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    Cards getting steadily worse
     
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    They never did seem to gain any traction in Japan. Japan is a little xenophobic though and usually stick to Japanese products.
     
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    Dude........Look who fought.. Not surprising.

    Put the top 2 155lbers on in Japan and see the numbers. Put 2 top HW in japan and see the numbers. Back in 2012 ..Insert a 185er cut from ufc and back to fight a LW with 3 straight losses.
    I think the ufc did Pretty good in japan considering
     
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    6 am and one of the shittiest cards on paper in recent times. Really not a surprise
     
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    And while were at it, what was up with that baby in the audience? And they kept showing it during the bloodiest fight of the year?

    All-around odd night for attendance.
     
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    I imagine it didn't help attendance that they held the event at fuckin 10 in the morning on a Friday.
     
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    I'd be curious to see how a card in China would do since out of nowhere in like two years they became the top nation for Muay Thai and kickboxing promotions.
     
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    UFC is in decline
     
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    To be honest, that first japan card, if I Remember it right, was loaded as they come
     
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    Those are noticebly weaker cards as well. If they stick to one ever other year with weak cards they will continue to drop.
     
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    Shit cards = shit attendance.
     
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    The UFC is doing great, guys !

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    Kudos to the Baghdad Bob reference. He won the "Queen of Denial" award, dontcha know
     
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