ByAmy Kaplan, writer at Creators.co
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UFC 208 in Anaheim, CA is no more. According to the UFC, the event was moved to the already scheduled Brooklyn, NY card (replacing what was to be UFC 209). Now, the Anaheim card will take place on August 5, it was originally set for January 21.

The UFC did not comment on the reason for the change but many speculate it's due to the lack of champions available to fight.

Why the lack of UFC champions?

  • Flyweight - The flyweight showdown between Demetrious Johnson and the winner of this season of TUF is happening this weekend.
  • Bantamweight - Dominick Cruz is already scheduled to face Cody Garbrandt at #UFC207
  • Featherweight - This division is a mess and most likely waiting on the winner of the main event from UFC 206. There isn't enough time to turn around with potential medical suspensions.
  • Lightweight - Conor McGregor is taking a break from fighting until at least May (we think) and also fought at UFC 205.
  • Welterweight - Tyron Woodley just fought at #UFC205, too quick of a turnaround for a championship fight camp.
  • Middleweight - Michael Bisping is injured and will be out until March.
  • Light Heavyweight - Daniel Cormier is injured and will be out for 4 months.
  • Heavyweight - Stipe Miocic is most likely champion, but has also voiced his desire for a break.
  • Women's Strawweight - Joanna Jedrzejczyk fought at UFC 205 - too quick of a turnaround for a championship fight camp.
  • Women's Bantamweight - Amanda Nunes is already scheduled for UFC 207 against Ronda Rousey.

Now, UFC 209 will take place March 4 in Las Vegas.

The postponement benefits rival organization #Bellator, which is hosting its own card January 21 the Forum between former UFC light-heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz and former UFC title challenger Chael Sonnen.