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UFC moves event from Salt Lake City to San Diego for lack of ticket sales

The UFC announced today its decision to move a scheduled event for Aug. 1 at the EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City to the San Diego Sports Arena instead.

In a statement released by the organization Monday, UFC president Dana White cited a lack of ticket sales as the main reason the UFC on VERSUS 2 event was being moved.

According to White, it's the first time in the company's history a venue has been changed after tickets already went on sale.

"Our television ratings in Salt Lake City have always been strong," White said. "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."

Fans who already purchased tickets for the event are receiving a full refund. Tickets for the original venue went on sale May 26.

Headlining the card is a light heavyweight fight between Jon Jones and Vladimir Matyushenko. It also features bouts between Mark Munoz and Yushin Okami and Takanori Gomi vs. Joe Stevenson.

It will be the second event aired on the VERSUS network this year.

Brett Okamoto can be reached at 948-7817 or brett.okamoto@lasvegassun.com.

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