The Ultimate Fighting Championship announced on Wednesday that its first pay-per-view offering in 2019 has been postponed as the promotion struggled to find a headlining fight for the event.
Brett Okamoto of ESPN initially reported the news yesterday, stating that the Nevada-based promotion is ‘rearranging its pay-per-view schedule’ ‘due to a combination of factors.’ This leaves Bellator 214, which is supposed to collide with UFC 233 on the same date, as the only major MMA event on January 26.
— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) December 12, 2018
UFC 233 Is Postponed
Henry Cejudo is set to defend his flyweight title for the first time against TJ Dillashaw in the main event of UFC 233 but their showdown was moved to UFC on ESPN+ 1, following the promotion’s recent deal with the broadcasting company.
UFC’s inaugural PPV offering next year was scheduled to take place on January 26 at Honda Center in Anaheim, California but without suitable options to replace the Cejudo-Dillashaw fight in the event’s headliner, the promotion decided to postpone the show.
“UFC today announced that the UFC 233 Pay-Per-View event scheduled for January 26 is postponed.
All bouts previously slated for UFC 233 are being rescheduled for upcoming cards. The February 10th Pay-Per-View event at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne Australia will remain titled UFC 234: WHITTAKER VS GASTELUM. Tickets for UFC 234 sold out within minutes.
UFC’s 2019 event calendar will still feature 12 Pay-Per-View events. Additional details about the postponed Pay-Per-View will be announced at a later date.”
— MMAjunkie (@MMAjunkie) December 13, 2018
The president of the California-based company Scott Coker has a cheeky response to UFC’s cancellation of its first PPV show in 2019, which was supposed to collide with Bellator 214 on the same date. Coker posted a GIF on Twitter as his reaction to UFC 233 cancellation.
— Scott Coker (@ScottCoker) December 12, 2018
The flyweight title clash between Cejudo and Dillashaw is set for January 19 in Brooklyn along with the Joanne Calderwood vs. Arlene Lipski fight. Meanwhile, multiple fights in the UFC 233 card have yet to be rescheduled.
Check out the pairings below that need to be rebooked following UFC 233 postponement (via Bloody Elbow):
Ben Askren vs. Robbie Lawler
Joseph Benavidez vs. Deiveson Figueiredo
John Lineker vs. TBA
Francisco Trinaldo vs. TBA
Paul Felder vs. James Vick
Yana Kunitskaya vs. Marion Reneau
Alexandra Albu vs. Emily Whitmire
Cynthia Calvillo vs. Cortney Casey
Alex Caceres vs. Kron Gracie
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