UFC 233 Canceled; Promotion Still Expected to Hold 12 Pay-Per-Views in 2019

By: Tristen Critchfield
Dec 12, 2018

UFC 233, which was set for the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., on Jan. 26, has been canceled.

The promotion announced the news on Wednesday, referring to it as a postponement. The UFC will still hold 12 pay-per-view events in 2019, but it is unclear if Anaheim will get an event at a later date. The numbering convention for the pay-per-view cards will remain the same, beginning with UFC 234 in Melbourne on Feb. 10.

A flyweight championship clash between Henry Cejudo and T.J. Dillashaw that was previously slated for UFC 233 was moved to the promotion’s Jan. 19 debut on ESPN+ in Brooklyn, N.Y., last week. While the Las Vegas-based organization had reportedly targeted Tyron Woodley’s next title defense for UFC 233, that apparently didn’t come to fruition, as the champion is still recovering from thumb surgery.

The bouts that were previously announced for UFC 233 will be rescheduled for upcoming cards, according to a statement by the promotion. One of the featured matchups for the event was Ben Askren’s Octagon debut against Robbie Lawler. According to ESPN, the promotion is now targeting UFC 235 on Jan. 2 for that welterweight clash.

The Jan. 26 date will still include one significant event, as Bellator 214 takes place at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif. That card is headlined by a heavyweight grand prix finale bout pitting Fedor Emelianenko against Ryan Bader.

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