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UFC On Versus 2 moved from Utah to San Diego due to low ticket sales

Best80smovieRAD2010-06-18 23:21:19 +0000 #1
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UFC on Versus 2, which was supposed to be the first-ever event for the promotion in Utah from EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City on Aug. 1, has been moved to the San Diego Sports Arena in San Diego, Calif., instead.

Poor ticket sales are apparently to blame for the relatively last-minute switch.

Here's a snip from company president Dana White:

"Our television ratings in Salt Lake City have always been strong. When we finally found the opportunity to bring a UFC event there with a great card, I was very surprised and disappointed in ticket sales. As a result, for the first time in UFC history, I decided to pull the plug and move this August 1st event to the San Diego Sports Arena."

Those who purchased tickets for the event in "The Beehive State" will receive a full refund. There's currently no announcement for the tickets sale in San Diego; however, expect one to come real soon with just a few weeks until fight night.

UFC on Versus 2 will feature a match up between light heavyweight superstar in the making Jon Jones and Belarusian brawler Vladimir Matyushenko.

Also on tap for the second such event on the cable network are bouts between Mark Munoz and Yushin Okami as well as Takanori Gomi and Joe Stevenson.


Loot2010-06-18 23:24:39 +0000 #2
I wonder what the ticket prices were...

Also, I'd like to point out that they always seem to do well in the Midwest.
E51502010-06-18 23:57:34 +0000 #3
Not surprising. We've been talking here for awhile about how UFC is flooding the market, with it seems like a different event every week. (The homepage op. ed. even pointed out that there's four televised mma events in the next 2 weeks.)

On top of that, Jon Jones vs Matty is one of the worst headlining fights I've ever seen the UFC put on. (There's been a few that were worse, but all those had atleast one "name") Jones is skilled, yes, but he's hardly at the point in his career where he should be considered a headliner.
Best80smovieRAD2010-06-19 00:34:54 +0000 #4
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Originally Posted by E5150

On top of that, Jon Jones vs Matty is one of the worst headlining fights I've ever seen the UFC put on. (There's been a few that were worse, but all those had atleast one "name") Jones is skilled, yes, but he's hardly at the point in his career where he should be considered a headliner.

i rather pay for that as a headliner compared to jardine vs hamill
E51502010-06-19 00:10:26 +0000 #5
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Originally Posted by Best80smovieRAD

i rather pay for that as a headliner compared to jardine vs hamill

Like I said, it's not the worst headliner ever, but Jardine vs Hamil are both names in the UFC and former TUF guy's, so it's alot easier to sell tickets for that then Jones vs Janitor.
dcapps9532010-06-18 23:53:07 +0000 #6
This event was for a sunday in Utah! If you know anything about the LDS, they highly discourage any form of public entertainment on the Lords day (Sunday for them). There was a lot of people that said they wanted to go but they wouldn't go on Sunday!

I think that is a big part of it.

I do think the card is a bit weak as well. Also it isn't a #'d UFC event so that may have made their be less excitement.

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