Multiple sources are indicating that UFC 83 -- which was originally supposed to go down on March 8 in Newcastle, England -- has been scrapped altogether and the UFC 84 event booked for April 19 in Montreal, Canada, will now be referred to as UFC 83.
Earlier this month, the Houston Chronicle first reported that the planned March 8 event would be relocated from Europe to a new location in the United States. That seems to be half correct now that it appears the show will not go on at all and the bouts rumored for the card -- such as Michael Bisping vs. Charles McCarthy, Houston Alexander vs. James Irvin, etc. -- will take place on different dates.
No official reason was given for the change perhaps because the March 8 event was never officially announced. In addition, it was more than likely too much work holding major events on back-to-back weekends (UFC 82 takes place on March 1.)
Therefore, the first-ever UFC event to take place in Canada will now be known as UFC 83. It will take place from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada, and likely feature the welterweight title fight between champion Matt Serra and interim champion, Georges St. Pierre.
In fact, "Rush" plans to make an official announcement on behalf of the UFC during a press conference regarding the event on February 4, according to his Web site.
Other rumored participants on the card include Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, Rich Franklin, Travis Lutter, Jason MacDonald, Mac Danzing and more. To check out the latest UFC 83 fight card click here.