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 this time, it has been widely reported that the 31 year-old light heavyweights once again tested positive for a prohibited substance, also UFC President, Dana White, made the unprecedented call to relocate the entire event from Las Vegas to Las Angeles seven days prior to the battle.
«Listen, it’s not a simple decision to make,» stated White at Friday’s event press conference. «You have to pull the trigger and you’ve got to make motions.
«You can’t make everybody happy. Not every fan, each fighter, but we gave the fans at Las Vegas the opportunity to acquire tickets first, and the tickets are cheaper. We had over 3,000 people purchase tickets that had tickets in Vegas. We did everything we can to make it better. We did what we could do.»
While this last minute venue change does place event ticket holders at a challenging predicament, the increased media buzz could potentially help the combat’s PPV outcomes. Combat sports have always relied on hype and controversy to sell tickets, and while unlucky, this late audible by the UFC has definitely increased the fight’s vulnerability.
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