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UFC 131 tickets 'cannibalized' by Vancouver Canucks NHL Finals run and more

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Perhaps it wasn't such a bright idea to book a major mixed martial arts pay-per-view (PPV) event on the same weekend that the local hockey club, Vancouver Canucks, is readying for a pivotal game five homestand in the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup chase.

Or, maybe the event isn't all that "major" now that its marquee man, Brock Lesnar, will be sitting at home, watching his late replacement, Shane Carwin, battle Junior dos Santos in a number one contender eliminator match, while he recovers from diverticulitis-related surgery.

In defense of Ultimate Fighting Championship, it was likely impossible to predict.

Regardless, it's having a major impact on ticket sales for UFC 131: "Carwin vs. Dos Santos," which will emanate from the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, this Saturday night (June 11, 2011).

Vancouver Sun breaks down the "perfect storm"-like conditions:

"... Friday night’s Game 5 of the Canucks-Bruins series cannibalized both ticket sales and interest in the event. Lesnar, the scheduled co-headliner, withdrew from the card last month due to illness. He was replaced by lesser-known Shane Carwin, who now takes on Brazilian Junior dos Santos in the headline bout. Three Canadians will step into the cage on Saturday night, but none will be featured on the pay-per-view portion of the card."

According to the article, re-saler StubHub had more than 1,200 UFC 131 tickets still available -- just four days removed from fight night. Compare that to the 30-minute sellout for UFC 115 in Vancouver last year, one of the quickest in the history of the promotion, and you can see the cause for alarm.

In fact, there were even several fight fans who inquired about refunds when Lesnar withdrew; however, the promotion denied those requests.

Fight card subject to change, folks.

If you're among the many who plan to skip out on the festivities in the "City of Glass," remember that will provide live blow-by-blow UFC 131 results. If you're suddenly interested in scoring a possible bargain on the glut of seats click here.

Go 'Nucks, Boston sucks!