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 so as to save an occasion.
By this time, it has been widely reported that the 31 year old light heavyweights once more tested positive for a prohibited substance, and UFC President, Dana White, made the unprecedented call to relocate the entire event from Las Vegas to Las Angeles six days prior to the battle.
“Listen, it’s not a simple decision to make,” stated White at Friday’s event press conference. “You’ve got to pull the trigger and you’ve got to make moves.
“You can’t make everybody happy. Not every fan, each fighter, however we gave the fans at Las Vegas the chance to acquire 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 put event ticket holders in a difficult predicament, the increased media buzz might potentially help the fight’s PPV results. Combat sports have always relied on hype and controversy to sell tickets, and while unfortunate, this overdue audible by the UFC has definitely increased the battle’s exposure.
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