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UFC Forced To Cancel August PPV Scheduled For Staples Center Due To Fighter Injuries
Published July 9, 2014
SAY GOODBYE TO HOLLYWOOD? UFC Chair & CEO Lorenza Fertitta said if the event is rescheduled for October, it would not be at Staples Center. Fertitta said, "That's one of the negatives. We were excited to go back to Staples Center. One of the issues, though, is Staples Center is probably one of the hardest arenas to book in the country because they're so busy. By that time of year, the professional sports teams, they have start to roll around. We will certainly work with them to try to find another date, but we're not real confident we'll be able to accommodate that." He talked about alternate sites for the event and said, "Right now we have a date scheduled in Rio de Janeiro for October 27th, and we're looking at a couple of other locations for earlier in October as well to see what's available" ("Fox Spots Live," FS1, 7/8). Staples Center VP & GM Lee Zeidman said that an "initial discussion about Oct. 11 wouldn't allow for the fight at Staples Center due to a sold-out Pitbull-Enrique Iglesias concert, but Oct. 18 and Oct. 25 are open" (L.A. TIMES, 7/9).