The UFC has swapped locations for their “UFC on Versus: Jones vs. Matyushenko” event on August 1st. The Versus broadcast was moved from the EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah to the San Diego Arena in California.
“Our television ratings in Salt Lake City have always been strong, and 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,” said UFC President Dana White.
That’s odd, the heavily populated Mormon community doesn’t want to watch violent MMA action on a SUNDAY afternoon???
Heavy.com was the first to report the venue change on Monday afternoon.
The card will be headlined by a pivotal light heavyweight scrap between up-and-coming superstar Jon Jones and MMA journeyman Vladimir Matyushenko. In addition, fast-rising middleweight stud Mark Munoz will be pitted against former top contender Yushin Okami in the night’s co-main event.
Here’s the lineup for the freebie Versus broadcast:
Rob Kimmons vs. Steve Steinbeiss
Paul Kelly vs. Jacob Volkmann
James Irvin vs. Igor Pokrajac
Brian Stann vs. Mike Massenzio
DaMarques Johnson vs. Matt Riddle
Joe Stevenson vs. Takanori Gomi
Jake Ellenberger vs. John Howard
Mark Munoz vs. Yushin Okami
Vladimir Matyushenko vs. Jon Jones