UK MMA fans have been champing at the bit to get another big event, and the indications were that one might be on the way this summer, but according to UFC president Dana White, they’ll have to wait a while longer.
“We’re looking at the fourth quarter this year to be back in England,” White revealed during a Q&A session with fans from Seattle.
That indicates that an intended trip to Scotland, which at one stage had been rumored for May is now out of the picture, as is a potential UFC event somewhere in England for June which the UFC’s UK president Marshall Zelaznik had hinted at just a few weeks previously.
At one stage last year Zelaznik had even hinted at a series of events in the region during 2011 but the reality is that the UK market is now becoming a once a year destination, down from a high point in 2008 when they received three shows.
That’s sure to be a disappointment for the UK contingent who have been considered an important market for the promotion over the years. There’s always been problems attached to the UK shows however, in particular the starting time which rules out the option of pay-per-view back in the States and results in Spike TV having to air the show via tape-delay.
There’s also now increased competition for events as the UFC expands it’s reach worldwide, with Australia in particular quickly catching up on the UK as an MMA hot-spot.