The scheduled for March 22 (AEDT) UFC Fight Night 171 at The O2 Arena in London, England has been cancelled due to coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, which led to the travel ban imposed by most governments worldwide. Nevertheless, UFC President Dana White said that the MMA card on ESPN+ would still take place, yet at another, to be determined, venue, somewhere in the United States, joining the relocated events from Columbus and Portland.
“Last night I went to sleep still with some hope that UFC London would continue next week. I woke up this morning to the news that it won’t be. 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. Myself and my team are all fathers, husbands, sons and brothers, and not all of us can leave our families right now. I wish we could have found a way for the fans, I truly do.
I have been dreaming of headlining a UFC show in my home country since I started this sport. This cancellation is truly heartbreaking. I have never worked harder and never been more prepared for the biggest moment in my career. But I know that the whole world is hurting right now and this is bigger than me, this is bigger than sports. All I can hope for is that all of you stay safe and look after each other as we get past this and move forward.
I am humbled by the thousands of messages of support I have received in the hours since the announcement, I truly appreciate you all and feel a lot of love right now. I look forward to this event being rebooked when it is safe to do so, so Tyron and I can put on the show that you all deserve.
Please take care, we will all get through is. Rocky”
Riding the eight-fin win streak Leon Edwards (18-3) was last seen in action in July 2019 when he scored a unanimous decision against Rafael dos Anjos. Former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley (19-4-1) hasn’t fought since March 2019 when he lost the title against Kamaru Usman by unanimous decision.