While most other sporting organizations quickly suspended their events for the time being in the wake of the coronavirus crisis, the UFC attempted to battle on regardless, vowing that ‘the show must go on.’
However, heavy restrictions on travel and crowds in many countries have now stopped even the UFC in their tracks, leading to three events being cancelled so far, and it’s now feared that more may follow.
In this article we’ll take at the 10 biggest fights scheduled to take place in the next two months that have either already been postponed indefinitely, or at serious risk of being scrapped and look ahead to other rumored blockbuster bouts that may be affected in the summer months.
Tyron Woodley vs. Leon Edwards
Woodley vs. Edwards was booked to headline UFC: London this weekend, but the major welterweight clash became the first victim of the Coronavirus crisis as the UK implemented travel and crowd restrictions a week before the event that made it impossible to host it there.
The UFC scrambled to make alternative plans, even going as far as to try to target an Indian Reservation in Oklahmo instead, but even that proved not to be possible, and by then this fight was already dead in the water, with Edwards and many others pulling out to remain in the UK with their families.
It’s an unfortunate situation as this was to be Woodley’s first fight back since losing the welterweight title to Kamaru Usman and he remains the current No.1 contender, while Edwards has been on an impressive eight-fight winning streak that’s also left him close to title contention.