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Updates: Here’s the list of canceled fights from UFC London as Coronavirus prompts move stateside

Big changes are being made to the card formerly known as UFC London. We may not know where it will be held or who will fight, but we know which fights are off.

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It’s official: UFC London is no more. But in its place, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has vowed to hold an event on March 21, 2020, somewhere on United States soil.

Where? That’s currently unclear. With which fighters? Also not obvious. Travel bans have sprung up around the world as governments attempt to get a handle on the spread of the novel Coronavirus which is quickly starting to overwhelm hospital capacities in parts of Europe and the United States. Many UFC London fighters from America were already in the United Kingdom for their fights. And many British and European fighters lack the visas to travel to the United States.

”Obviously, things are changing by the hour,” UFC President Dana White told ESPN late Saturday night. “This morning they announced new travel restrictions for the UK so the fights can’t continue in London. But the fights will go on. We’re working on finding a new venue, likely in the United States, and I have my matchmakers literally working right now to put on the undercard. So the bottom line is that fight is happening, and that main event will go on.”

Adding on to what White said regarding the undercard of UFC TBD, Ariel Helwani shared an email from the promotion showing that the promotion is open to signing new fighting talent in the United States to restock its upcoming cards.

It all makes for an event that will end up massively different than what it looked like a mere two days ago. Here’s how things look as it stands.

Still on (or at least still no word of cancellation yet):

Tyron Woodley vs. TBA

Kevin Holland vs. TBA

Darren Stewart vs. TBA

Paul Craig vs. Ryan Spann
Tom Aspinall vs. Jake Collier


Tyron Woodley vs. Leon Edwards

Danny Roberts vs. Nicolas Dalby

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I’m sure that everyone has heard the news by now but it is with frustration that I can confirm that my fight scheduled ‪on 21 March 2020‬ at UFC London is no longer going ahead. After numerous months abroad, time spent away from family and all the other sacrifices associated with competing at the elite, it goes without saying that my personal frustration is on another level right now. I have worked hard my whole life for these moments and, particularly in light of last year’s events, I was fully focused on putting on an unforgettable show on for the fans in this year’s co-main event. I live and breathe fighting. I love performing for the fans. I have done everything in my power to make sure this fight happens. However, this is completely out of my control and recognise that the health and safety of the 20,000 people who would be in the O2 Arena ‪on Saturday night‬ is paramount. Therefore, despite the widespread disappointment, if delaying or moving the competition protects people it’s 100% worth it. Life is all about perspective and, in this time of madness, I would urge everyone to spend quality time with their loved ones – that’s certainly what I will be doing. Let’s fight this virus together (but in groups no larger than 500 people ). See you soon fight fans ✌ ❤️ #UFC #UFCEurope #UFCLondon #TeamChocolate #MixedMartialArts #UKMMA #SanfordMMA

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Jack Marshman vs. Kevin Holland

Darren Stewart vs. Marvin Vettori

Jack Shore vs. Geraldo de Freitas

Marc Diakiese vs. Jai Herbert

Gabriel Benitez vs. Lerone Murphy

Molly McCann vs. Ashlee Evans-Smith

Mike Grundy vs. Makwan Amirkhani
John Phillips vs. Dusko Todorovic

Bartosz Fabinski vs. Shavkat Rakhmonov

And the big question: are the fighters who are no longer competing getting paid? At this point there’s no sign that they are. Straight Blast Gym head coach John Kavanagh went so far as to prod UFC on payment in his tweet regarding teammates Amirkhani and Phillips. I know they’re busy trying to pull off an event in the most hostile of conditions, but the sacrifices many of these fighters have already made trying to keep this event going are pretty huge.

If they don’t get at least their show money, it’d be a pretty big slap in the face to the idea that the fights are continuing “for the fighters.”

More updates to the former UFC London card on as they roll in.

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