One event’s loss is another’s gain.
The Flyweight title fight between current champion Henry Cejudo and Bantamweight king, T.J. Dillashaw, which was set to go down at UFC 233 on January 26, 2019 in Anaheim, California, will now headline the promotion’s debut on ESPN+ a week earlier.
According to ESPN, UFC opted to make the switch after having trouble locking down a suitable headliner for its debut on “The Worldwide Leader In Sports” network, set for The Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
The fight now joins a card that includes Rachael Ostovich — who will fight for the first time since an ugly domestic violence incident — taking on Paige VanZant, while former NFL defense player Greg Hardy makes his official debut against Allen Crowder. While a big blow for UFC 233, its a good move for the promotion who is looking to make splash with ESPN.
As far as the Anaheim is concerned, that leaves a huge gap to fill, which could be taken care of should Tyron Woodley and Colby Covington both sign on the dotted line or a Welterweight title fight. The pay-per-view (PPV) card is also set to feature a 170-pound scrap between Ben Askren and Robbie Lawler. The event will also feature the return of former 135-pound champion Dominick Cruz as he takes on John Lineker.
Are you feeling the shakeup?