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Newark's Prudential Center hosts eagerly anticipated UFC 302

UFC 302, headlined by lightweight champion Islam Makhachev and former champion Dustin Poirier, brought a buzz to the Prudential Center hours before fight night.

Tom Krosnowski

Jun 1, 2024, 9:45 PM

Updated 18 days ago

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Newark was the host for one of the biggest events in mixed martial arts this year on Saturday night.
UFC 302, headlined by lightweight champion Islam Makhachev and former champion Dustin Poirier, brought a buzz to the Prudential Center hours before fight night.
This was the UFC’s 10th trip to Newark. Attendees enjoyed “fan fest” beforehand, which featured photo ops, fighter meet-and-greets and games.
It’s also a financial boost for the city. Officials estimated last year’s event generated an estimated $25 million in economic impact - with $5 million at the door.
The event was expected to be a sellout despite ticket prices on fight night ranging from $400 to $15,000.
Former President Donald Trump was one of the high-profile attendees at the event. It was his first public appearance since he was found guilty on 34 counts of falsifying business records.


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