It won’t come as any great surprise to learn that the UFC have announced that they have postponed their scheduled June 6 (June 7 local time) card in Perth, Australia in light of the current coronavirus health crisis sweeping the globe.
The event was rumoured to be topped by a featherweight title rematch between Alexander Volkanovski and the man he claimed the title from, Max Holloway. It remains to be seen if any of the bouts which had been planned for the event will be transplanted to Dana White’s upcoming ‘Fight Island’ series of events.
UFC announced details of the cancellation late Monday with a message posted to social media which stated that the various restrictions put in place in Australia amid the Covid-19 pandemic have meant that it would be impossible to hold an event in the region.
A statement on #UFC251 pic.twitter.com/KDgikDBp95
— UFC_AUSNZ (@UFC_AUSNZ) May 5, 2020
This is the latest UFC card cancellation to have occurred in the midst of the virus. The original iteration of UFC 249 was bumped from New York City, to somewhere else and then, eventually, to Florida and will take place this weekend — though with an amended main event between Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje, who is stepping in for Khabib Nurmagomedov.
The UFC was also forced to cancel its annual UFC London card which was set to be topped by a fight between Leon Edwards and Tyron Woodley which had significant implications in the UFC welterweight division.