There’s a phrase in show business that ‘the show must go on’ and it seems this is a maxim very much subscribed to in the UFC HQ.
With the promotion scrambling to salvage events in the midst of a global pandemic, it seems they have found a workaround to add one of the bouts from the canceled London card to a Cage Warriors event taking place in London this coming Friday, after Cage Warriors chief Graham Boylan revealed that, after discussions with Dana White and Mick Maynard, John Phillip vs. Dusko Todorovic will now take place at the CW113 show.
The event, which is set to take place at the Indigo at The O2 in the English capital, features two Cage Warriors title fights and will now also feature Phillips, who went 2-2 during a run with promotion between 2012 and 2013.
This late addition comes amid the developing coronavirus crisis which has played havoc with sporting fixtures across the globe and led to the cancelation of several mixed martial arts events. The UFC held an event in Brazil last weekend behind closed doors, and the CW113 card will take place in a similar situation.
The 34-year-old Welsh fighter Phillips, who trains in Dublin under the stewardship of John Kavanagh at SBG Ireland, comes into the bout on the back of his first UFC win — a 17-second KO of Alen Amedovski last September.
Todorovic, meanwhile, is a perfect 9-0 in his career thus far and fights on the back on an impressive performance on Dana White’s Contender Series which earned him a UFC contract.