The upcoming UFC Fight Night clash between Tyron Woodley and Britain’s Leon Edwards will not take place in London due to coronavirus.
The world of MMA was set to return to the UK capital with welterweight stars Woodley and Edwards headlining a huge night of action at The O2 Arena.
But the worldwide coronavirus pandemic has forced UFC to change the venue of the event.
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UFC Woodley vs Edwards: Date and time
UFC Fight Night 171 is currently set to take place on Saturday, March 21.
UFC president Dana White has confirmed that the event will have a new venue due to coronavirus-induced travel restrictions.
No announcement of a new venue has been made yet but it will not take place in the UK.
White told ESPN Sports Center: “[The] new travel restrictions for the UK [means] the fight obviously can’t continue in London, but the fight will go on.
“We’re working on finding a new venue – likely in the United States – and I have my matchmakers really working right now to put together the undercard.
“The bottom line is that fight is happening and that main event will go on.
“We’re looking at new locations, the fights will go on, they will continue. We’re not stopping, we will keep finding a way to put on the fights.
“I’m in the fight business, I’ve been doing this for over 20 years, and this stuff happens to me every weekend, not on this level obviously, but this is what we do, we always make sure that the fights happen, and they’re going to continue to happen.”
UFC Woodley vs Edwards: Full fight card
- Tyron Woodley vs. Leon Edwards, Welterweight
- Jack Marshman vs. Kevin Holland, Middleweight
- Danny Roberts vs. Nicolas Dalby, Welterweight
- Darren Stewart vs. Marvin Vettori, Middleweight
- Jack Shore vs. Geraldo de Freitas, Bantamweight
- Paul Craig vs. Ryan Spann, Light Heavyweight
- Lerone Murphy vs. Gabriel Benitez, Featherweight
- Molly McCann vs. Ashlee Evans-Smith, Women’s Flyweight
- Mike Grundy vs. Makwan Amirkhani, Featherweight
- John Phillips vs. Dusko Todorovic, Middleweight
- Bartosz Fabinski vs. Shavkat Rakhmonov, Welterweight
UFC Woodley vs Edwards: What have they said?
Leon Edwards: “I believe he was forced into it, I think he knows the risk of the fight. He knows after I beat him he will have nowhere to go.
“He was campaigning for a world title fight rematch but I think he was basically told, ‘you have no choice, fight Leon in London. Or you get moved down the rankings.’ I feel he was forced into it and now he is f****d.
“I’m prepared for the best Woodley there has ever been. We’ve seen him in his prime, on his way up. And that’s what I’m preparing for. I don’t care what he brings to the cage, I’ll be the better man that night.”
Tyron Woodley: “Leon says a lot of stuff. He needs to focus on how he is going to get back to the drawing board after he loses and what is going to be the next fight to get him back in the mix.
“All the other s***, I’ve been guilty in the past of looking too far down the road. How are you going to talk about a title shot when you are about to face the greatest welterweight of all time? He needs to re-shift his focus because he is about to get hurt.
“I don’t plan on doing it quick, I want to put a beating on him to the point where people are thinking ‘Why is he even in the octagon?.’ Dana White, you’re going to be ashamed of yourself for doing this.”