After struggling to find a suitable headliner, the UFC have now finally waved the white flag and announced that UFC 233 will no long take place on January 26th as was originally planned.
Instead they have revealed that the pay-per-view will be postponed until a later date that is still to be confirmed at this time, though they have also clarified that UFC 234 in Australia on February 10th will go ahead as planned and won’t be renamed.
The news comes not long after the promotion opted to switch UFC 233’s original main event superfight between flyweight champ Henry Cejudo and bantamweight titleholder TJ Dillashaw to UFC On ESPN+ 1 a week earlier in Brooklyn as they seek to make a big splash for their debut event with the broadcaster.
Meanwhile the UFC brass had been working hard to get welterweight champion Tyron Woodley to headline the UFC 233 card against either Colby Covington or perhaps even Kamaru Usman instead, but ‘T-Wood’ has been stalling for time due to a hand injury and it seems that he won’t be ready by then after all.
Other big fights on UFC 233 are now likely to be redistributed, with Robbie Lawler Vs Ben Askren potentially landing at UFC 235, while Joseph Benavidez Vs Edson Figuiredo lands at UFC On ESPN+ 1 in January and Cynthia Calvillo Vs Cortney Casey jumps to UFC On ESPN 1 in February.
With UFC 233 now cancelled, the promotion will proceed with only one event, their debut on ESPN+, in January.