UFC 232 is making information for all of the wrong reasons, as headliner Jon Jones has once again forced the company to make difficult decisions so as to save an occasion.
By this time, it’s been widely reported that the 31 year-old light heavyweights once again 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 fight.
“Listen, it’s not a simple decision to make,” stated White in Friday’s event press conference. “You’ve got to pull the trigger and you’ve got to make moves.
“You can’t make everyone happy. Not every fan, each fighter, but we gave the fans in Las Vegas the opportunity to get tickets first, and the tickets are cheaper. We had over 3,000 people purchase tickets here that had tickets in Vegas. We did. We did what we can do.”
While this last minute venue change does place event ticket holders at a challenging predicament, the enhanced media buzz might potentially help the fight’s PPV results. Combat sports have depended on controversy and hype to sell tickets, and while unlucky, this late audible by the UFC has definitely increased the battle’s vulnerability.
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