Dana White to Change the Venue For UFC Fight Night 171

Published 03/15/2020, 1:10 AM EDT


To the many sporting event schedules that were disturbed due to the Coronavirus outbreak, UFC made its addition. The upcoming UFC Fight Night 171 is no longer going to take place at The O2 Arena in London.

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Featuring a headline bout between Tyron Woodley and Leon Edwards, the Fight Night was scheduled for March 22 in London. At a time when many were fearing the cancellation of the event, UFC president Dana White confirmed on Friday that the event will go as per the schedule. However, White also said that it will go on only after considering the fighters’ health condition.

“We are working directly with NSAC and director, Bob Bennett, on implementing a process to screen athletes before they compete,” White said.

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“One of the things we always do is look out for the health and safety of our fans, or athletes, whatever it might be. Obviously, this thing going on, we are going to do the same thing. We are going to make sure that two healthy athletes are competing.”

Dana White is looking to change the venue for UFC Fight Night 171

While White earlier confirmed its schedule, the fight night’s schedule now seems to be in need of some tweaking. While the date and time remains the same, it is no longer taking place in London. Ariel Helwani of ESPN reported that Dana White is looking for new venues to host the Fight Night 171.

Apart from the fight between Woodley and Edwards, the fight card features a fight between Danny Roberts and Nicolas Dalby & between Jack Marshman and Kevin Holland. One of the reasons for the ban could be America’s recent travel ban stopping people from traveling to the UK.

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