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UFC 233 cancelled after promotion failed to secure main event

UFC 233 was scheduled to go down from the Honda Center in Anaheim, California on Jan. 26th. However, the promotion was unable to secure a main event for the pay-per-view, and have been forced to scrap it. Initially, a flyweight title fight between bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw and defending title holder Henry Cejudo was set to headline. But the UFC decided to move that fight to the UFC’s debut on ESPN in order to please their new broadcast partner.

The UFC was then targetting a welterweight title fight between Tyron Woodley and Colby Covington, however, both men have proven difficult when it comes to negotiating that fight. Fights already scheduled for that card will take place in the near future at other events. A PPV entitled “UFC 233” will likely still take place, however, it will be at a different location and date.

Here’s the UFC’s official statement on the situation:

“UFC today announced that the UFC 233 pay-per-view event scheduled for January 26 is postponed,” UFC officials wrote in a statement. “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.”

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