Las Vegas, NV (USA) – The UFC® announced today that the Sunday, August 1st UFC® LIVE 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.
“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.
Tickets for UFC® LIVE will go on sale Saturday, June 19 at 10 a.m. Tickets are priced at $250, $150, $95, $75 and $40 and are available at the San Diego Sports Arena Box Office,Ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster locations and by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745 -3000. Tickets are subject to facility and/or convenience fees.
UFC® Fight Club™ members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to this event Friday, June 18 at 10 a.m. PT to 1 p.m. PT via Ticketmaster.com or via the website ufcfightclub.com. A special Internet ticket pre-sale will be available to UFC newsletter subscribers Friday, June 18 starting at 1 p.m. PT. To access this presale, users must register for the UFC newsletter through ufc.com. Tickets are subject to facility and/or convenience fees.
Refunds are available at point-of-purchase to UFC fans who hold tickets for UFC® LIVE August 1st at EnergySolutions Arena. Tickets bought at a Smith’s Tix outlet or the EnergySolutions Arena Box Office must be returned to the same location for a refund. All phone and internet purchases through Smith’s Tix will be automatically refunded to the credit card used on the transaction. The per order handling fee is non-refundable. For more information visit Smithstix.com or call 801.467.8499 or 800.888.8499.
The UFC® LIVE fight card, featuring Jones vs. Matyushenko as the featured main event remains unchanged, and will air live on VERSUS at 9 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. MT.
After a dominating victory over Ultimate Fighting Championship® light heavyweight contender Brandon Vera in the first-ever UFC® LIVE event, rising 205-pound star Jon “Bones” Jones will face his most experienced opponent to date in 24-4 Vladimir Matyushenko. Also on the main card, Yushin Okami faces Mark Munoz, Jake Ellenberger takes on John Howard and Takanori Gomi battles Joe Stevenson.
Winner of four out of five inside the Octagon™, Jon Jones (fighting out of Endicott, N.Y. / professional record 10-1) 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.”
Winner of two straight inside the Octagon, Belarus’ Vladimir Matyushenko (fighting out of El Segundo, Calif. / 24-4) is no stranger to big fights. The 39-year-old brings a wealth of experience to each fight he takes and looks to climb that much closer to making himself a serious contender in the UFC light heavyweight division. After returning to the UFC in 2009 after six years away, he came back in impressive fashion with a unanimous decision victory over Igor Pokrajac then a split-decision win against Eliot Marshall. Now “The Janitor” looks to clean out the UFC light heavyweight division, continuing with his match against Jon Jones.
“I want to thank the UFC for putting together a fight that the fans will enjoy and get excited about,” Matyushenko said. “The winner of this fight will move on to some great opportunities related to the light heavyweight title run in the UFC. I am always in great shape, and I have not stopped training since my last fight. The next two months everything will be dedicated specifically to my preparation for Jon Jones. I want to thank all of the fans for their support. You are the best that any professional athlete could ask for.”
A man who has faced the very best in the middleweight division, Yushin Okami (fighting out of Kanagawa, Japan / 25-5) owns wins over Dean Lister, Evan Tanner, Jason MacDonald, Mike Swick and Alan Belcher. The 28-year-old fighter earned a TKO victory against Lucio Linhares in March and now faces college wrestler turned mixed martial artist Mark Munoz (fighting out of Vallejo, Calif. / 8-1). A former NCAA Division I national champion from Oklahoma State, the 32-year-old Munoz now trains with heavyweight legend Minotauro Nogueira and top contender Junior Dos Santos, and is well on his way to the top of the 185-pound weight class. With three consecutive wins, including a TKO stoppage over Kendall Grove at UFC 112, Munoz is just entering his prime as a fighter and faces his greatest test to date in Okami.
A fighter that gave former WEC® welterweight champion Carlos Condit fits in his UFC debut, Jake Ellenberger (fighting out of Omaha, Neb. / 22-5) turned plenty of heads in the UFC welterweight division. With a second-round TKO victory over a very seasoned Mike Pyle in January, the former college wrestler now faces one of his most explosive opponents to date in John Howard (fighting out of Boston, Mass. / 14-4). Undefeated in the UFC with two decision victories and two knockouts, the 27-year-old Bostonian just keeps getting better and better in the UFC. Howard needed just 2:01 to put Daniel Roberts away in March and now he’ll take on an extremely difficult opponent in Ellenberger.
A veteran of close to 40 fights, Takanori Gomi (fighting out of Tokyo, Japan / 31-6, 1 NC) has long been considered to be one of the top lightweights in the world, and now he’s gracing the Octagon, having made his debut in March against Kenny Florian. With the addition of Gomi to the lightweight division, 155ers will need to take notice – including his next opponent, Joe Stevenson (fighting out of Victorville, Calif. / 36-11). A 27-year-old with a wealth of experience and talent, Joe “Daddy” has faced the best in the UFC lightweight division. He holds wins over Spencer Fisher, Nate Diaz and Kurt Pellegrino, amongst many others – but now the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt faces another huge name in Gomi.
VERSUS has been the national cable television home of World Extreme Cagefighting® (WEC®) since 2007 and in December 2009, the network announced a multi-year extension with Zuffa LLC., the owners of both the WEC and UFC®, to air two live UFC events in 2010 in addition to seven live WEC fights.
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