In a surprising move, the UFC have decided to cancel next month’s PPV in Anaheim with scheduled bouts set to be moved around.
The UFC’s first PPV of 2019 has been scrapped. The promotion made the announcement today as it was abundantly clear to all that they were struggling to fill the main event slot of the card.
Henry Cejudo was set to defend his flyweight title against TJ Dillashaw on the card but the UFC opted instead to front load their ESPN debut with the title fight.
The first official PPV in February will still be titled UFC 234 and features a middleweight title fight between Robert Whittaker and Kelvin Gastelum in Australia.
According to a press release, the UFC will have 12 PPV’s – the same amount as 2018.
“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.”
One of the most anticipated fights on the night was the debut of Ben Askren facing off against former welterweight champion, Robbie Lawler. The bout is rumoured to be moved to March however, there is nothing official as of this time.
The card was also set to feature a pivotal bantamweight contest between John Lineker and Dominick Cruz however the latter was forced to withdraw from the bout due to injury.
More details to follow.