A UFC event on October 26th in Manchester, England has never been officially confirmed, but all signs up until this point had suggested that it was in the works.
In fact, a middleweight encounter between two of the divisions top contenders, Michael Bisping and Mark Munoz was already believed to have been penciled in for the event and Dana White had indicated that the show had been green lit.
However, a statement on the UFC’s official UK Facebook page indicates that they have ran into some unnamed difficulties and the event may not happen after all.
“UFC fans! We are aware that a large number of you are asking about a possible Manchester event for October 26 this year, however we are not yet able to confirm that we are heading back to one of Britain’s most famous cities due to the many factors involved in hosting such a huge event.
We are working hard to bring the UK a card of real significance and if we are able to make this happen it would be the event of the year in Europe. Your need to book transport, tickets and accommodation in advance is appreciated and as soon as we can confirm anything, we will let you know.”
The UFC had been eager to put on a big show in the region after securing a new television deal with the ‘BT Sport’ channel which launches in the UK on August 1st. If it goes ahead it’ll be the first time in a number of years that the British Isles will have hosted two shows in the same year.
It’s very unusual for the UFC to post a message like this about an as yet unconfirmed show however, so it would definitely be wise not to count on it happening.