UFC 232 is making news for all of the wrong reasons, as headliner Jon Jones has once again forced the organization to make tough decisions so as to save an occasion.
By now, it’s 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 whole event from Las Vegas to Las Angeles seven days before the fight.
“Listen, it’s not a simple choice to make,” stated White at Friday’s event press conference. “You’ve got to pull the trigger and you’ve got to make motions.
“You can not make everybody happy. Not every fan, every fighter, however we gave the fans at 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 what we could to make it simpler. We did what we could do.”
While this last minute venue change does put event ticket holders at a challenging predicament, the enhanced media buzz could potentially help the combat’s PPV results. Combat sports have depended on hype and controversy to sell tickets, and while unlucky, this late audible by the UFC has definitely increased the battle’s vulnerability.
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