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UFC cancels planned Fight Night event in Dublin on Aug. 15 due to COVID-19

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You knew it was coming...but it still hurts.

In a move that likely won’t catch anyone off guard, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has officially canceled its planned Fight Night event on Aug. 15, 2020, in Dublin, Ireland -- which was set to go down inside the 3Arena — because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The announcement is a mere formality because the Aug. 15, 2020, date is now reserved for UFC 252, which will see Stipe Miocic face off against Daniel Cormier in a Heavyweight championship trilogy fight.

Nevertheless, the cancelation is a huge blow for Irish fight fans, as UFC hasn’t been to Dublin since staging UFC Fight Night 76: “Holohan vs. Smolka” in 2015. That event marked the debut of Darren Till, who fought to a draw against Nicolas Dalby.

The promotion did express its intentions to return to Dublin in the future, though there is no telling when that will be as the coronavirus shows no signs of slowing down. While no fights were official for the event, whoever the promotion had lined up to compete could find themselves fighting on “Fight Island” if UFC makes a return trip to Abu Dhabi in late 2020.