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MSG shoots down Dana White’s ticket gross sales declare

MSG shoots down Dana White’s ticket gross sales declare

Final week Jake Paul noticed his scheduled debut on the historic Madison Sq. Backyard go down in flames when his promotion firm, MVP, known as off his combat with Hasim Rahman Jr.

In a press launch MVP claimed they had been pressured to cancel the combat after Rahman advised Paul’s workforce that he had no intention of weighing in on the agreed upon restrict of 200 lbs. MVP additional claimed that it had provided a weight restrict enhance as much as 205 lbs, however that Rahman claimed he would weigh in at 215 lbs as a substitute.

UFC President Dana White, who is not any buddy of Paul’s, didn’t purchase that official rationalization. As a substitute, White claimed that Paul cancelled the occasion due to poor ticket sales.

“I believe they bought underneath one million {dollars} in tickets and it value $500,000 to show the f—ng lights on at MSG,” claimed White earlier this week. “That’s what I believe. To not point out the truth that resort rooms in New York and transportation and every little thing else may be very costly.”

MMA Fighting reached out to Madison Sq. Backyard to ask if there was any validity to White’s declare. In response to the venue, White is fallacious in his evaluation of what went down.

“To be clear, gross sales had been robust heading into combat week — the cancellation was not primarily based on ticket gross sales,” stated the MSG consultant. “This combat was projected to be within the prime 10 of highest grossing boxing occasions at MSG previously 15 years.”

The MSG spokesperson added that the venue is raring to work with Paul once more, regardless of this cancellation.

“MVP has been nice companions and we’re trying ahead to working with them once more quickly.”

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When White touted his conspiracy principle on the combat cancellation he additionally took a dig at Paul’s enterprise accomplice Nakisa Bidarian (a former chief monetary officer for the UFC).

“I’ll say this: simply since you’re an accountant right here, doesn’t imply what the f—okay goes on right here, and doesn’t imply you’ll be able to run a combat promotion firm,” stated White — referring to Bidarian.

Bidarian clapped again at White, stating that the Paul vs. Rahman occasion had already bought extra tickets than Ryan Garcia’s newest combat at LA’s Staples Heart and that his occasion was monitoring to be one of many top-ten gates at MSG since 2005.

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