UFC 234 Melbourne becomes the first PPV event of 2019
The scheduled for January 27 (AEDT) UFC 233 at Honda Centre in Anaheim has been cancelled, numerous media reported Thursday. MMA event was meant to be the first PPV show in 2019.
According to reports the event fell off after the promotion couldn’t lock in a new main event featuring a championship bout. Earlier this month the originally announced for UFC 233 title fight between the defending flyweight champion Henry Cejudo and the current bantamweight titleholder TJ Dillashaw was moved as a headliner of Fight Night 143 in Brooklyn on Jan. 20 (AEDT).
According to ESPN, UFC tried to book welterweight titleholder Tyron Woodley to face Colby Covington at UFC 233, but the champion is still recovering from a thumb injury received in his previous fight in September. The event is to be rebooked for another date. The previously announced bouts for UFC 233 are expected to be rebooked for other shows.
As a result UFC 234 Whittaker vs. Gastelum, taking place in Melbourne on Feb. 10, becomes the first PPV event of the year.
In addition, the promotion recently announced several matchups for various events. Among the bouts Jimmie Rivera takes on Aljamain Sterling at UFC Phoenix on Feb. 18 (AEDT). Liz Carmouche takes on Lucie Pudilova at flyweight on Feb. 23 at Fight Night Prague.
Up next is UFC on Fox 31 scheduled for Dec. 16 (AEDT) in Milwaukee. The event is headlined by a lightweight rematch between Kevin Lee and Al Iaquinta.