Former UFC fighter Brendan Schaub believes that the UFC 279 card change was premeditated by the corporate. Schaub cited quite a few observations that led him to consider that the pay-per-view wasn’t trending properly initially.
Khamzat Chimaev lacking weight by 7.5 lbs was the catalyst for the struggle card being rejigged. The UFC is notoriously well-known for its zero tolerance of fighters lacking weight. Schaub’s scrutiny was fueled by a shocking firefight that ensued after Chimaev missed weight.
He was additionally skeptical about Kevin Holland and Daniel Rodriguez being booked for a catchweight struggle at 180 lbs. Schaub detailed his observations in a current episode of Thiccc Boy:
”The UFC is aware of how a pay-per-view is gonna do, the way it’s gonna promote even earlier than the fights go reside. They know the way it’s trending, monitoring by way of all their promotions. I believe the followers had been turned off by Dana’s therapy of Nate Diaz. They didn’t give him a struggle, they gave him the worst match-up doable.”
The retired heavyweight claimed that Dana White acquired backlash for this matchup and Diaz followers revolted by not shopping for the pay-per-view:
”The occasion wasn’t trending properly. And it simply so occurred that Kevin Holland and Daniel Rodriguez had been at this bizarre catchweight at 180 lbs. Khamzat weighed in at 180. So not solely was it an entire shuffle, but it surely was an ideal shuffle, not of 1 match-up, however three match-ups on the pay-per-view. I simply assume it wasn’t trending properly, they’d this sort of as a plan B.”
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Dana White claimed on the UFC post-fight press convention that the corporate bought 250 extra tickets after the cardboard acquired reshuffled
A topsy turvy struggle week culminated with a reshuffled card after Khamzat Chimaev missed weight. The brand new card featured Nate Diaz and Tony Ferguson in the principle occasion, whereas ‘Borz’ locked horns with Kevin Holland within the co-main occasion.
The cardboard got here collectively for the higher good as struggle followers totally loved the showdown between the 2 veterans of the game.
Talking concerning the bump in ticket gross sales on the post-fight press convention, Dana White stated:
”So each time the principle occasion modifications, you possibly can refund tickets. Not solely was not one ticket refunded, the day that every one the craziness was occurring we bought 250 tickets that day.”
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