01 Jan UFC officially postpones UFC 251 card in Perth, Australia
The list of cards postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic continues to grow with UFC 251 no longer taking place in Perth, Australia.
The promotion made the announcement on Monday.
“Due to the current state and national restrictions on public gatherings and travel, UFC 251 originally scheduled for Perth, western Australia on Sunday, June 7, has been postponed,” UFC officials wrote in a statement.
“UFC looks forward to returning to Perth in the near future with a PPV event in partnership with Tourism Western Australia. Fans can register their interest to receive date, ticketing and bout information at UFC.com/Perth.”
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The card that would take place on June 6 in the United States was supposed to be headlined by a featherweight title fight rematch between current champion Alexander Volkanovski and Max Holloway. While the fight was never signed, the expectation was that Volkanovski would defend his belt against Holloway on home soil.
Unfortunately, the global pandemic has essentially shut down international travel, which is why the UFC has started putting together plans for “Fight Island” — a location where the promotion plans to hold cards for fighters outside of the U.S. starting sometime in June.
While UFC 251 will no longer take place in Australia, the card is still expected to take place on June 6 at a different location most likely in the United States. There have been several rumored fights confirmed for that card including a bantamweight showdown between former champion Cody Garbrandt and Raphael Assuncao.
As of now, the UFC has not officially announced a location for that show or any other cards outside of the three upcoming events slated for Jacksonville, Fla. on May 9, May 13 and May 16. Another card is planned for May 23 but again, the UFC has not announced a location for that show.