I have attended 4 live UFC events. One was in Minneapolis and three were at the MGM Grand. I have to say that UFC 196 was the absolute worst UFC experience I have had. It was so bad that I will probably never attend another MGM event again, and my anger is completely to blame on the incompetent MGM staff.
I should write about Ticketmaster’s inept, poorly designed system, but why bother? Everyone already knows what a crock TM are. But as it pertains to Fight Club, why are there seats that include a Fight Club membership? The entire point of joining is to get exclusive presale access. If it's available to anyone willing to shell out another $80 it defeats the purpose of being FIRST and joining these services at all. And why, after attending 4 events and paying upwards of $1000 per seat have I never once gotten a hard ticket?
So, as a Fight Club member me and my party were in line for the weigh-ins at 7:30 a.m. in order to get to the merchandise stands first. As stated on the Fight Club membership you get early access to these events. But the MGM staff made two separate lines nearer opening time, ushering hundreds of people who showed up late to the same status as us, who had waited SIX HOURS and let them all in at the same time. That is so unbelievably unfair and rude. They should have the sense to preserve the first come first serve rule at all costs, even if that line interferes with their precious slot machines. Otherwise why did I even pay for Fight Club? I have yet to get a single benefit from this service.
The second awful part of it was the people sitting in front of us. Most of you probably already know the type of m mouth breathers Mcgregor draws. I’m a huge Mcgregor fan, but his new fanbase aren’t MMA fans, they have no class, and are only there to see the hyped up spectacle. Just dumb, drunk idiots with fake Rolex's screaming things like “pull her hair” during the women’s bouts and incessantly blabbering about how the fighters should be fighting, and booing! It was obnoxious. At $1,000 per seat I hoped the economics of privilege would work in my favor (actually it was sacrifice in my case but the point stands) and that I could avoid these people, but alas I was incorrect. The trio of jerkoffs seated in front of us in Section 24 Row F seats 10-12 with their brand new Mcgregor ball caps showed up late, stood and recorded the ENTIRE MAIN CARD EVENT ON THEIR PHONES! And I mean ENTIRE. For example, they recorded Tom Lawlor’s walk out AND walk off. Who would bother? But that’s not all, they recorded the **** monitors. I am not kidding. These people held their goddamn phones up the entire time recording TELEVISION SCREENS between fights! I complained to the ushers and they didn’t do jack****. I paid a thousand dollars a seat to watch the cage, not some ****’s head and iPhone screen, and the MGM staff’s utter incompetence ruined the experience for me. The usher staff consist of bent over retirees, lots of tiny Asian grandmothers with no authority (many of whom barely speak English) and a handful of what appear to be teenage boys. I don’t come to Vegas for anything other than the UFC. It’s a major expenditure I put on my VISA and pay off over the year. The very least the MGM could do is actually police **** patrons and preserve everyone’s right to their sight lines and tiny bubble of space.
I won’t be back.