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UFC 196 No Longer a Pay-Per-View Event

UFC 196 No Longer a Pay-Per-View Event

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?

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