The Ultimate Fighting Championship announced Sunday night that its UFC London card scheduled for Saturday will be moved to a yet-to-be-determined venue in the United States.
With travel bans being implemented in both the United States and United Kingdom due to the global spread of coronavirus, Leon Edwards opted not to fly to America. Therefore, his main-event bout vs. former welterweight champion Tyron Woodley has been scrapped.
ESPN’s Ariel Helwani has reported that the promotion is looking at tribal lands in California and Alabama to hold the event. In theory, holding a show on tribal lands would prevent the UFC from having to adhere to the rules of a state commission.
Again, per Helwani, the UFC sent this message to MMA managers and representatives this morning:
“Because we are moving this event to the U.S. next weekend, there will be a number of open spots on that card. If you have anyone currently under UFC contract, from bantamweight to welterweight, who wants a short notice fight, please let me know. If you have any UFC vets or fighters ready for UFC on a week’s notice, please let me know. DO NOT email me about anyone who is not a US CITIZEN or does not have A CURRENT P1 VISA.”
With most fighters originally on the card overseas, the UFC is trying to build a brand-new card. Woodley, who had yet to fly to London, is still in play for the main event.
Colby Covington has volunteered his services to face Woodley, his bitter rival.
Helwani sent two tweets about Woodley and the possibility of facing Covington earlier this afternoon.
The UFC Columbus and UFC Portland cards were moved to Las Vegas where they were going to be held at the UFC Apex Center. However, the Nevada Athletic Commission shut down those plans on Saturday.
During an appearance on ESPN’s Sports Center on Saturday night, UFC President Dana White revealed this information below:
The show did go on Saturday behind closed doors for a 12-fight card at UFC Brasilia. Charles ‘Do Bronx’ Oliveira extended his UFC all-time record for submission wins (14) by forcing Kevin Lee to tap early in the third round of the main event.
Oliveira improved to 17-0 in his home country of Brazil, cashed tickets as a +110 underdog and won his seventh straight fight.
In the co-main event, Gilbert Burns won his fifth consecutive scrap by starching Demian Maia with a first-round knockout. Burns hooked up his supporters as a -184 favorite and ended the 42-year-old Maia’s three-fight winning streak.
Maia plans to fight one final time before retiring.
Johnny Walker lost his second straight fight by dropping a unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) to Nikita Krylov, who was a +130 underdog at most shops.