UFC 232 is making news 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 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 seven days before the fight.
“Listen, it is not a simple choice to make,” said White at Friday’s event press conference. “You have to pull the trigger and you have got to make motions.
“You can not make everyone happy. Not every fan, every fighter, but we gave the fans at Las Vegas the chance to get tickets first, and the tickets are cheaper. We had over 3,000 people buy tickets that had tickets in Vegas. We did what we can to make it simpler. We did what we can do.”
While this last minute venue change does put event ticket holders at a difficult predicament, the enhanced media buzz could potentially help the fight’s PPV outcomes. Combat sports have always relied on controversy and hype to sell tickets, and while unfortunate, this late audible from the UFC has definitely increased the battle’s exposure.
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