UFC Officials have scrapped plans to host the ‘UFC Fight Night 106’ event on March 3rd, which would have been just one day prior to the UFC 209 event in Las Vegas.
The UFC had originally unveiled a fight schedule that included an event on that day back in November, but have since had second thoughts about the show, which would also have taken place in the same city as the pay-per-view event the following night.
No venue or fights had been announced for the card, so the cancellation won’t cause any problems and will leave the UFC with more potential fighters to pick from for their other Q1 shows.
This will be the second time the UFC has removed a show from their 2017 schedule as they had previously ditched a plan to host their first PPV of the year, UFC 208, on January 21st, which would have gone head-to-head with Bellator 170: Sonnen Vs Ortiz.
A lack of available stars on that date was cited as the reason for that amendment, with the event being shifted back to February 11th instead, meaning that January will pass without a PPV event.
Overall that leaves the UFC with eight events in total for the first quarter of 2017, which ties in with the number they hosted during the same period last year.
WME-IMG have remained tight-lipped about their plans beyond that, leaving it unclear whether previous rumors that they were looking to downsize the number of show that they are putting on per year will prove to be true, or if they will look to ramp up the schedule later in the year as they attempt to claw back some of the $4.2 billion they invested in buying the company last year.