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NEW YORK -- James McDonough settled into his seat in Section 315 high above Madison Square Garden with his 14-year-old son, James Jr. and his wife Linda before the start of UFC 205 on Saturday night. As far as family outings go, this would be one of their more expensive excursions of the year.The face value of each ticket McDonough paid to watch the first-ever UFC event in New York City was $831, bringing his familys admission cost to nearly $2,500 before buying a single drink or hot dog.It was expensive, but Ive been getting the pay-per-views ever since the UFC started, McDonough said. Ive been going to different cities and states to watch events for a while. Im glad that its finally here. The New York fans have been dying for this for years. This is beautiful for us. We get on the train, come up here, watch the fights and go home.McDonough, who is a 58-year old architect from Huntington, came to the fight with his family to watch Chris Weidman, who lost to Yoel Romero in the third round on Saturday night. His son, like Weidman, trains at Matt Serras Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Huntington.Its great that to finally see it live and person in New York, James Jr. said. I love the UFC. I dont know if I want to be a UFC fighter, but its a great experience to see it first-hand.With the average ticket price commanding more than $1,000 and floor tickets fetching as much as $15,000 on the secondary market, UFC 205 was the hottest ticket in New York City, beating out the Broadway phenomenon Hamilton for at least one weekend.Seated in front of the McDonough family on Saturday night was Patrick Power, a 29-year old UFC fan from Dublin, Ireland, with his brother, Stephen. Both of them wore green Ireland soccer jerseys and had the flag of Ireland draped over their shoulders.We follow Conor wherever he goes, Power said. Its great to be here in New York. We usually have go to Las Vegas, but this has been great. I hope they have more fights here in New York.Power said he paid $1,000 for his ticket, which is the most he has paid for a Conor McGregor fight, but said it was worth it to watch McGregor live.Conor is a hero back home, he said. Theres no filter with that guy. He just says whatever he thinks, and I think everyone respects that. He entertains everyone. If it wasnt for him, I dont think tickets would be as expensive as they are.Its no secret that UFC had to make its first fight in New York City and at Madison Square Garden a big show with big names. They needed McGregor to headline the card, and outside of an early Ronda Rousey comeback, no one else was really going to cut it at the top of the marquee in Manhattan. McGregor fans travel from all over the world to see him fight, and no one can sell a show quite like McGregor when it comes to his gift of gab or penchant for throwing water bottles and chairs. Hes a UFC fighter trapped in the body of a WWE promoter.As McGregor fans passed each other in the corridors of Madison Square Garden they yelled some of McGregors most famous press conference lines at each other.Who the f--- is that guy?!Shut your f---ing mouth!Youll do f---ing nothing!So it wasnt the most family-friendly environment, but then again, there werent many families in a crowd mainly dominated heavily by the companys 18-35 demographic, many of which saved up to come to UFC 205 in New York as soon as the date was announced.I went to UFC 200 and it was great, but I knew I wanted to come to New York; I wanted to be a part of history, said Pablo Bustillos, a 21-year old student from Houston, who paid $1,200 for his ticket. This is the most exciting thing in the world. I know some people think thats a lot to pay, but I love it. I know most people are here to see Conor McGregor, but I actually want to see Eddie Alvarez win.While UFC 205 was the companys first event in New York since mixed martial arts was banned in the state 20 years ago, it will be the first of many upcoming cards that will tell how big the market will be for UFC, which was sold to WMG-IMG for $4 billion in July.The fight was ridiculous to get here, said UFC president Dana White, who has worked for the past 15 years to get the UFC into New York. It should have never happened, but at the end, it made it bigger. It made it a bigger event. It made it more special. I wouldnt change it for anything in the world.UFC Fight Night will be held in Albany on Dec. 9 and UFC 209 will be held in Brooklyn. White said the company is also looking at holding cards in Buffalo and Syracuse. UFC 205, however, was the equivalent of the companys Super Bowl, and they priced the tickets accordingly with three championship fights, headlined by McGregor, who knocked out Eddie Alvarez in the second round to become the first fighter in UFC history to hold two titles in two different weight classes.Conor is the biggest star and the biggest villain, and I came here to see him, said Masih Kazerouni, a 31-year-old lawyer from Irvine, California, who flew in for the event with four of his friends. The tickets I have were selling for over $1,000. The last time I paid prices like that was when I took my dad for Fathers Day to watch Cleveland and Golden State in Game 7 of the NBA Finals and that was $800. So this is more expensive than Game 7 of the NBA Finals, but this is their Game 7. This is their biggest event ever.Frank Gore Super Bowl Jersey . 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As opposites do attract we are set for a corker of an opener.TURIN, Italy -- Even the best can make mistakes.Veteran Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon made a rare error on Thursday which almost cost his team the match before Daniele De Rossis late penalty rescued a 1-1 draw against Spain in their World Cup qualifier.Spain had dominated but rarely tested Buffon, thanks to Italys strength in defense, until the Juventus goalkeepers howler in the 55th minute.Sergio Busquets long pass appeared innocuous enough but Buffon rushed out of the penalty area to clear and completely missed the ball, allowing Vitolo to deposit it into the empty net.Italy had been entrenched in its own half for much of the match but that goal seemed to spark the Azzurri into life and they secured a point when De Rossi converted with eight minutes remaining after Eder was tripped by Sergio Ramos.In a year and a half one can laugh about, if it happens again in two days or 20 days we will laugh less, Buffon said. We managed to recover and my teammates were really commendable because after the goal we found a physical and mental force to rescue a match which seemed impossible looking at how the first hour went.I had too many ideas in my head on how I was going to kick the ball. I was scared of kicking it off him and I thought of another way, but then ended up making a hash of it.Many of the matches between Italy and Spain in recent years have centered on their veteran goalkeepers, with Buffon and Iker Casillas regarded as the best in the world for many years.But Casillas was again not included in Julen Lopeteguis second squad since taking over from Vicente del Bosque and Buffon had joked on the evee of the match that it was a sign that he too was reaching his sell-by-date.ddddddddddddBut defender Leonardo Bonucci, who has been a teammate of Buffon for several years for club and country, shrugged off the 38-year-olds error.I cant do anything but say thanks to Gigi for what he does for Juventus and the national team. He is a superstar, Bonucci said, before joking: He showed that even he is a human being, and we had some doubts about that until today.Buffon has played for Italy for nearly 19 years, having made his debut as a 19-year-old on Oct. 29, 1997.He needs three more appearances to move level with Casillas and former Latvia midfielder Vitalijs Astafjevs on 167 caps as the most capped players in European football history, while he is 20 appearances off Ahmed Hassans record for Egypt.Buffon, who won the World Cup with Italy in 2006, broke a 22-year-old Serie A record last season for not conceding a goal, going 974 consecutive minutes before he was finally beaten.Even the best goalkeeper in history can make mistakes too once in a while, otherwise hed be a machine, said De Rossi, who plays for Juves Serie A rival Roma. It would have been better if hed made a mistake for Juventus rather than Italy.Spain and Italy are level on points in Group G after winning their opening qualifiers. Only the top team qualifies for the 2018 World Cup in Russia automatically.Albania moved to the top after winning in Lichtenstein 2-0 to maintain its perfect start to its qualifying campaign. ' ' '

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