Earlier in the year the UFC announced that the promotion would be returning to London on February 28th, 2015 for another event, but a quick look at the recently unveiled calendar indicates that’s no longer the case .
UFC Chief Global Officer Garry Cook explained why their plans had since changed during an appearance on The MMA Hour show yesterday.
“We had to make some changes, and as we always say with our business, it is subject to change, that’s just making sure the fans are taken care of, we don’t want to overdo it and make sure we get focused on that L.A. event at UFC 184 in Los Angeles.”
UFC 184 is now set for February 28th on pay-per-view and with it features stacked line up including two title showdowns, with Chris Weidman fighting Vitor Belfort and Ronda Rousey talking on Cat Zingano it certainly would have felt like overkill if there had also been a ‘Fight Night’ show earlier in the evening from the UK.
As far as Europe goes in the early part of next year, the UFC is now focusing their attention on their big stadium show in Sweden on January 24th which Cook describes as “very important” for it’s headliner Alexander Gustafsson who’ll be fighting Anthony Johnson to decide the light-heavyweight division’s next No.1 contender.
As for London, the current plan according to Cook is to have it take place, “somewhere further down in the year.”