UFC 232 is making information for all of the wrong reasons, as headliner Jon Jones has once again forced the company to make tough decisions in order to save an event.
By now, it’s been widely reported that the 31 year old light heavyweights once more tested positive for a banned substance, and UFC President, Dana White, made the unprecedented call to relocate the entire event from Las Vegas to Las Angeles six days before the battle.
“Listen, it is not a simple choice to make,” stated White in Friday’s event press conference. “You’ve got to pull the trigger and you have got to make motions.
“You can’t make everyone happy. Not every fan, every fighter, however we gave the fans in Las Vegas the opportunity to acquire tickets first, and the tickets are cheaper. We had over 3,000 people buy tickets here that had tickets in Vegas. We did everything we could to make it better. We did what we could do.”
While this last minute venue change does place event ticket holders at a difficult predicament, the enhanced media buzz might potentially help the combat’s PPV outcomes. Combat sports have depended on hype and controversy to sell tickets, and while unlucky, this late perceptible by the UFC has undoubtedly increased the fight’s vulnerability.
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