With all the injuries that have occurred over the last few months, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) officials have been forced to scramble and rearrange cards in order to maintain a level of excitement for fans looking forward to high profile match-ups.
Michael Bisping, Brian Stann, Dominick Cruz, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Jose Aldo and Vitor Belfort are just a few of the fighters that have fallen victim to training-related injuries that have forced them to bow out of their respective bouts.
Many fans have been left disappointed at the possibility of not seeing their favorite mixed martial artist (MMA) fighting live, after they have already purchased tickets. Though UFC matchmakers have done their best to revive fight cards that have lost serious star power, some fans feel it just isn't the same show they were hoping for when spending their hard-earned coin to purchase a ticket a few months in advance.
Some hardcore fans will attend the event anyway, while others might hit Ebay to resell their tickets in hopes of recuperating their money.
However, UFC officials have some good news (via UFC.com) for the legions of faithful Brazilian fans who bought a ticket to attend this weekend's (June 23, 2012) UFC 147 event in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. For the first time ever, fans will have three days to ask for a full refund of the purchase price if they choose to pass on the event.
See why, after the jump.
With the change on the main card, fans who purchased tickets for the event will now officially have three (3) days to decide whether to seek a full refund.
UFC 147 was originally set to be headlined by a long-awaited rematch between two of Brazil's biggest stars in Vitor Belfort and Wanderlei Silva. After a broken hand sidelined "The Phenom," Rich Franklin was pegged as a replacement to face "The Axe Murderer."
Even the Ultimate Fighter (TUF) finalist, Daniel Sarafian, was forced to bow out of the finale and his chance to vie for the six-figure contract with the UFC against Cezar Mutante (due to injury), getting replaced by Serginho Moraes.
With a rearranged card and the loss of Belfort, the pay-per-view (PPV) event definitely took a hit in star power and some believe the PPV numbers will be very disappointing.
At least now, fans who paid to see the event live will have a chance to get their money back. No word on whether this will be the norm from here on out for the promotion.
To see the revised UFC 147 fight card and line-up click here.