As noted yesterday, the UFC announced that the Sunday, August 1st UFC On Versus 2 event scheduled at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah, is moving to San Diego, Calif., and will now take place live from the San Diego Sports Arena. Slow ticket sales were cited as the reason for the move.
“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,” said UFC President Dana White. “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.”
The card remains unchanged, as Jon “Bones” Jones will face Vladimir Matyushenko in the main event of the card, which will air live on VERSUS at 9 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. MT.
Winner of four out of his five in the UFC, Jones put together his most impressive performance to date in March, a first-round TKO over the battle-tested Brandon Vera. After earning unanimous decision victories over Andre Gusmao and Stephan Bonnar in his first two UFC fights, the former junior college national wrestling champion submitted Jake O’Brien at UFC 100 last July before a controversial disqualification defeat against Matt Hamill. An unorthodox striker that always delivers an exciting show, the 6-foot-4, 205-pound fighter faces the most seasoned of veterans in Matyushenko.
“I’m really excited about fighting such a veteran in Vladimir Matyushenko,” Jones said. “I think it will be another great opportunity to step up my game. I am going to try to make it an exciting fight and I’m not taking him lightly. I know how important this fight is and I feel ready.”