UFC 232 is making information for all of the wrong reasons, as headliner Jon Jones has once again forced the organization to make tough decisions in order to save an occasion.
By now, it has 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 whole event from Las Vegas to Las Angeles seven days before the fight.
“Listen, it’s not a simple decision to make,” said White at Friday’s event press conference. “You’ve got to pull the trigger and you’ve got to make motions.
“You can’t make everybody happy. Not every fan, every fighter, but we gave the fans at Las Vegas the chance to get tickets 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 challenging predicament, the enhanced media buzz could potentially help the combat’s PPV results. Combat sports have always relied on controversy and hype to sell tickets, and while unlucky, this late audible by the UFC has definitely increased the fight’s vulnerability.
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