UFC plans to continue with upcoming events, even after new venues will have to be found. UFC President Dana White went on SportCenter last night to provide updates on upcoming events, saying UFC’s shows on March 21st, March 28th, April 11th and April 18th have no venue in place.
Next weekend UFC was planning to present “UFC on ESPN+ 29,” featuring a fight between Tyron Woodley and Leon Edwards in London, England. The show is now being aimed to take place in USA.
News broke on Sunday afternoon that Edwards is off of the show, per Ariel Helwani of ESPN.
“We have been working with the UFC on possible solutions to keep the fight alive, but unfortunately with such a short window of time, nothing was viable,” said Edwards via Instagram.
The original plan was for UFC on ESPN 8 and UFC on ESPN+ 30 to be held in Las Vegas, Nevada at the UFC Apex. That plan is now scrapped.
It was reported by Ariel Helwani on Sunday morning that UFC had sent out an email calling for fighters “from bantamweight to welterweight” that could fight in Las Vegas, Nevada. The email mentioned being open to booking former UFC fighters or “fighters ready,” as long as they have a P1 American visa.
The oldest of the four events looking for a new venue is UFC 249. It was meant to be held at the Barclays Arena in New York, New York, USA. Headlining the card was Tony Ferguson versus Khabib Nurmagomedov, which has been a fight UFC fans have anticipated for years.
UFC held an event on Saturday in Brasilia, Brazil, without a crowd. Headlining the card, Charles Oliveira defeated Kevin Lee in the third round with a guillotine choke.