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Utah MMA fans want UFC to give them another chance

Utah MMA fans still feeling fallout after UFC event flopped in 2010.



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Colbert holds out hope that White hasn’t fully considered the merits of taking another stab at Salt Lake. Powell says UFC representatives have recently inquired about EnergySolutions’ availability, and Colbert says he’s optimistic after a recent meeting with UFC representatives at the Association of Boxing Commissions conference in San Antonio.

"I think Dana will just say what he feels at the time," Colbert says. "Sometimes his responses are emotional, which we’re all guilty of. Maybe he’d been asked too many times about having an event in Salt Lake City in the last few months."

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Ultimate Fighting Championship, the largest and highest-profile mixed martial arts organization, scheduled a nationally televised UFC show in Salt Lake City three years ago. But ticket sales for the EnergySolutions Arena event were so poor that UFC president Dana White cancelled the card and vowed never to stage another show in the Utah capital. Not fair, say local MMA fans, who say the sport is thriving here. The Sunday booking for the Salt Lake UFC event, they argue, was the real reason the show failed — not a lack of fan interest. They are lobbying White to bring another event to town.

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White declined comment for this story, but Ratner said of Salt Lake: "It’s a good area. It’s still on our radar."

So while God won Round 1 in Zion, Salt Lake City fans may have a fighting chance.

mpiper@sltrib.comTwitter: @matthew_piper




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