UFC News: Watch Full Weidman - Silva 1 Fight, UFC 168 PPV Price Increase, GSP Blocked At Presser?
UFC 168 takes place on December 28 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Make sure you join us on the day for our round-by-round live coverage of the event.
- In case you haven't heard, the UFC 168 pay-per-view broadcast will have an increased price tag through most viewing platforms. The event will cost $5 dollars extra, bringing the total to just under $60 dollars.
The UFC has offered no further explanation than "Cuz" in regards to the one-time price hike. Speculation over whether or not the extra $5 is to compensate for an impressively stacked card has not been confirmed. If you're worried about being able to afford the more expensive pay-per-view, UFC president Dana White offered a warm-hearted solution to gathered media over the weekend.
"It's five bucks," he said. "Get a couple more friends and have them come over."
There are no current plans to increase the price of other pay-per-view events.
- In a new chapter to the strange saga of Georges St-Pierre's quasi-retirement, reports surfaced last week that the former welterweight champ and UFC pay-per-view star was almost banned from the press conference following his controversial win over Johny Hendricks. According to the story, St-Pierre literally had to push his way onto the dais, as the UFC apparently didn't want him to continue discussing his retirement with the media.
In a recent interview for FOX Sports, UFC president Dana White explained that the only factor holding St-Pierre back from attending the presser was his need for medical treatment and that there was no effort on the promotion's part to keep him from talking to the media.
"Not the case," White said when questioned about the story. "Like I wouldn't let Georges St-Pierre come to a press conference. So, what happened was, when I came in the back, our PR people told me that he had left in an ambulance - which he didn't. But, they were telling him he couldn't go because they wanted him to go to the hospital.
"Jon Jones didn't come to the last press conference, he went straight to the hospital. They wanted Georges St-Pierre to go straight to the hospital," he continued. "He said he didn't want to, he wanted to come to the press conference. It's not like he wasn't allowed. In the thirteen years that we've been doing this, nobody's ever been not allowed to come to a press conference. If you wanna go to a press conference, you can go."
As it stands, GSP is on the sidelines taking an indefinite break from the sport. His reasons for doing so - and whether they have anything to do with the UFC - are still unknown.
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