UFC 233 being ‘moved to a later date’ (read: cancelled)

By Michael Hiscoe, Managing Editor

Dana White (photo John David Mercer © USA Today Sports)

ESPN’s Brett Okamoto is reporting that UFC 233 will not be taking place on Jan. 26 as planned from Anaheim, CA. The event was originally to be headlined by TJ Dillashaw moving down to flyweight to challenge Henry Cejudo for the 125-pound championship, but that fight was moved to UFC’s ESPN+ debut the prior week. With no suitable main event able to be put together on a little more than a month’s notice, UFC has decided to cancel the Jan. 26 date.


Okamoto’s report states that UFC still intends to run 12 pay-per-view events in 2019, so the event will be made up at a later date, although it is unclear if Anaheim will get that extra PPV. UFC 234 scheduled for Melbourne in February will likely now be titled UFC 233 and so forth.

All other bouts scheduled for the former UFC 233 are expected to be slotted in on other upcoming events, including the planned Ben Askren vs. Robbie Lawler bout.


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