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UFC scratches UFC 233 card on Jan. 26 as part of pay-per-view schedule change

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The UFC has made a considerable change to its January lineup, and UFC 233 no longer will take place Jan. 26.

The promotion has scratched plans for the pay-per-view event, which was scheduled to take place at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., due to a series of circumstances that created difficulty building a suitable event.

MMAjunkie today verified the news with a UFC official following an initial report from ESPN.com.

The promotion issued a statement to MMAjunkie, which is expected to be released today:

"UFC today announced that the UFC 233 Pay-Per-View event scheduled for January 26 is postponed.

All bouts previously slated for UFC 233 are being rescheduled for upcoming cards. The February 10th Pay-Per-View event at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne Australia will remain titled UFC 234: WHITTAKER VS GASTELUM. Tickets for UFC 234 sold out within minutes.

UFC's 2019 event calendar will still feature 12 Pay-Per-View events. Additional details about the postponed Pay-Per-View will be announced at a later date."

In the wake of the change, the UFC already has started to inform fighters and managers of plans to reschedule planned fights for UFC 233. A flyweight title rematch between Henry Cejudo and T.J. Dillashaw had already been taken off UFC 233 and moved to UFC on ESPN+ 1, which takes place Jan. 19 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

It is not yet known exactly how the schedule will be shuffled.

UFC 233 was set to go head-to-head with Bellator 214, which takes place just miles away from the Honda Center at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Minutes after the news broke, Bellator President Scott Coker posted a reaction on social media (via Twitter):

This is not the first time the UFC has been forced to call off a planned pay-per-view event. UFC 151 was scratched at the last minute in September 2012; UFC 176 in August 2014 was pulled weeks out, and UFC 208 in February 2017 was moved from Anaheim to Brooklyn.

Prior to the change, the UFC 233 lineup included:

Ben Askren vs. Robbie Lawler

Francisco Trinaldo vs. TBA

Paul Felder vs. James Vick

Yana Kunitskaya vs. Marion Reneau

Alexandra Albu vs. Emily Whitmire

Cynthia Calvillo vs. Cortney Casey

Alex Caceres vs. Kron Gracie

Joseph Benavidez vs. Deiveson Figueiredo

John Lineker vs. TBA

For more on UFC 233, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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