It started with Cain Velasquez bowing out due to injury. He was quickly replaced with Stipe Miocic, but then heavyweight champ Fabricio Werdum decided he couldn’t fight, and like a set of dominoes falling against each other in a great calamitous crash, UFC 196 crumbled.
Crumbled as a pay-per-view, that is. The loss of the main event bout between two of the best heavyweights in the world has now elevated the co-main event of Johny Hendricks versus Stephen Thompson into marquee-bout status, and the UFC has moved the event to FOX Sports 1.
Here’s Kevin Iole with the scoop:
With no clear option to save the day, UFC 196 is being taken off of pay-per-view and made into a Fox Sports 1 card, UFC president Dana White told Yahoo Sports on Tuesday.
The show will be headlined by a welterweight bout between ex-champion Johny Hendricks and Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson. It will still be held on Feb. 6 at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas.
This is a bummer for those who were hoping to see Werdum and Velasquez rematch at sea level, but in terms of saving some dough that would’ve been spent ordering the pay-per-view, you can now order a few extra pizzas. Hooray, right?