UFC 166: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos 3 Sells Out in Less Than 3 Days

Damon MartinContributor IAugust 5, 2013

Dec 27, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; UFC fighters Junior Dos Santos (left) and Cain Velasquez (right) square off as they pose for pictures following a press conference for UFC 155 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
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Houston—we don't have a problem.

UFC 166 will land in the Texas city on October 19 with heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez battling former title holder Junior Dos Santos in the main event, and the fans in the area have made quick work of the ticket sales.

The event, which is the third time the UFC has visited Houston in the last six years, sold out in less than three total days after going on sale to the public last Friday, August 2.

Houston has become a staple for the UFC in the times that they've landed there with huge crowds coming out for each event.

UFC 67, which featured the massive upset when Matt Serra knocked out Georges St-Pierre to win the UFC welterweight title, packed in 15,269 fans and scored an over $2.8 million dollar gate, which was the largest gate ever in Toyota Center history.

The next time the UFC landed in Houston was for UFC 136 in 2011 when Frankie Edgar met Gray Maynard for the third time, while Jose Aldo took on former lightweight contender Kenny Florian. That event drew 16,164 fans for a gate of $2.23 million—according to UFC president Dana White, the fourth largest draw in Toyota Center history.

This latest event once again drew a huge crowd from the Houston faithful as they will return to the Toyota Center to witness the epic trilogy between Velasquez and Dos Santos come to an end in the main event of the evening.

Also on the card, Daniel Cormier takes on Roy Nelson in the co-main event, while former Strikeforce lightweight champ Gilbert Melendez returns to face Diego Sanchez.

All told, UFC 166 features seven current or former champions from the UFC, Strikeforce and Bellator including Cormier, who was the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix champion.

UFC officials confirmed the sell out to Bleacher Report on Monday with fans turning out in droves to get tickets to the upcoming card. More tickets may be made available if the arena can configure more open seats, but that has not been determined as of now.

UFC 166 goes down on October 19 from Houston, and will also be broadcast on pay-per-view.