The UFC has elected to put off a UFC 233 pay-per-view tournament scheduled on Jan. 26 in Anaheim, California, the UFC introduced Wednesday.
The PPV tournament is being moved to every other date because of a mix of things, resources advised ESPN, and shall be rebooked to a later date, that means 2019 will nonetheless function 12 PPVs as deliberate. It has no longer but been decided whether or not Anaheim will host that PPV as soon as it’s rebooked.
UFC 234, which is scheduled for Feb. 10 in Melbourne, Australia, will proceed to hold the UFC 234 identify.
A flyweight identify combat between Henry Cejudo (13-2) and TJ Dillashaw (16-Three) firstly was once intended to headline UFC 233, however the promotion moved that to a UFC Combat Night time card on ESPN+ on Jan. 19 in Brooklyn, New York. That tournament is the primary for a five-year, $1.Five billion deal between the UFC and ESPN.
The verdict to transport Cejudo and Dillashaw, paired with a number of key accidents, are the principle causes in the back of this transfer. The UFC sought after welterweight champion Tyron Woodley to headline UFC 233 in opposition to Colby Covington, however Woodley remains to be improving from a thumb harm suffered in his closing identify protection in September.
The promotion already had introduced a number of different bouts for UFC 233. The ones matchups are anticipated to be remodeled to different occasions.
A flyweight bout between Joseph Benavidez (26-Five) and Deiveson Figueiredo (15-Zero) will transfer to the ESPN+ tournament on Jan. 19 in Brooklyn, resources advised ESPN. The transfer isn’t but reliable, however that’s the present plan.
Welterweight Ben Askren was once scheduled to make his UFC debut in opposition to Robbie Lawler at the Anaheim card.
“I used to be in a position and prepared to save lots of the day for my new bosses. Heck, I am in a position to combat the following day,” Askren mentioned in a textual content to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani. “If Robbie wishes somewhat extra time get in a position to lose to me, so be it. Despite the fact that I would be more than pleased to combat in Brooklyn after which kick his ass on March 2.”
The Cynthia Calvillo- Cortney Casey combat has been moved to Feb. 17 in Phoenix, resources advised ESPN.