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Back To Normal: 16,000-Plus In Attendance At Toyota Center For UFC 262

Remember folks, we’re still under “red alert” according to The Commandante Lina Hidalgo and thus you all must stay home.

Good to see the people ignoring her, as they should.

On Saturday night, UFC held what is now the largest sporting event in Houston in more than a year.

All of the tickets were sold out in minutes.

UFC 262 was the first professional sporting event to return to 100 percent capacity in Houston, since the scare started.

More than 16,000 people were ‘hanging from the rafters’ at Toyota Center.

As the Washington Post reported:

“Outside the arena on Saturday, long lines sprouted from the entrances more than seven hours before the main card began around 10 p.m., with some fans standing in heels, others wearing cowboy hats, UFC shirts and at least one pair of American flag dungarees.
Six friends traveled from Louisiana because UFC 262 was the closest full-capacity sporting event they could attend. One couple considered flying from Seattle to Jacksonville, Fla., for UFC 261 last month. They came to Houston for Saturday’s fight instead.”

The main event saw Brazilian Charles Oliveira knockout Michael Chandler for the lightweight title. Oliveira has a Houston connection, he’s spent some time training here in the past with Macaco’s Gold Team out of Sugarland.

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