UFC London was originally supposed to be headlined by a welterweight bout featuring Leon Edwards and Tyron Woodley on March 21.
Recently imposed travel restrictions between the United Kingdom and the United States forced Edwards to withdraw from the event. UFC tried to move the event from London to a location the United States, but it was subsequently postponed indefinitely.
UFC welterweight contender Leon Edwards described the cancellation as “truly heartbreaking”.
Following the cancellation of UFC London, many of the fighters that were scheduled to compete on the card were left in uncertainty over compensation. These fighters had already completed expensive training camps and were suddenly left without a means to earn money, through no fault of their own.
Now, multiple UFC London fighters have confirmed that the company are going to pay them for the cancelled event.
Marvin Vettori was supposed to fight Darren Stewart in a middleweight bout at UFC London. He has now revealed that the UFC have “taken care” of him:
“Thank to the @ufc for taking care of me for the London card situation, I’ve been all in from day 1 in this and it’s good to see that even in hard times like these the work im doing is being recognized. Always ready always working Hundred points symbol Thank you @ufc @danawhite @Mickmaynard2” he tweeted.
At this time, there are no details regarding the amount of money that each fighter will get, but it seems like UFC might pay each fighter their “show money”.
Nicolas Dalby, who was scheduled to take on Danny Roberts in the co-main event at UFC London, recently talked about expecting to get a payment from the UFC as well. He appeared on MMA Fighting’s “Eurobash Podcast” and had the following to say:
“All I know is that my manager is in dialogue with the UFC,” Dalby said. “I think what’s going on is, this is a huge situation and they had to cancel more cards. They’re trying to take a big picture look at how they’re going to do things. I don’t know if there is insurance in place and they have to take account for that. It seems like they’re taking their time and they’re doing that because they want to able to make a proper decision and not a rash, spur-of-the-moment decision.
“It’s taking some time and it’s a bit frustrating. The first of the month is coming up, and I’ve got bills to pay, but I’m pretty sure it’s going to be resolved in a nice way, and if it doesn’t, we’ll take it from there.” he concluded.
UFC London is not the only event that has been cancelled as a result of the outbreak of COVID-19 coronavirus. The company were forced to also cancel their next 2 events following UFC London, which include UFC Columbus and UFC Portland.
This article first appeared on CLOSEDGUARDMEDIA.com on 1st April, 2020.
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