Is next weekend’s UFC Manila card canceled or rescheduled?
The UFC today announced that next weekend’s fight card in Manila, Philippines has been rescheduled due to main event fighter BJ Penn pulling out due to injury. Bryan Caraway was among fighters who stepped up to fill the void, however, the organization today announced a postponement of the event. But is it really rescheduled or canceled entirely? No new date for the event has been announced and the UFC states that the rest of their 2016 calendar is book.
UFC announcement below
Manila, Philippines – UFC® announced today that it will reschedule its UFC Fight Night event planned for Oct. 15 in Manila, Philippines due to the loss of the main event. Former UFC champion BJ Penn was forced to withdraw from the main event bout with Ricardo Lamas due to injury.
“I suffered a rib injury in training and I apologize to the fans in Manila who were expecting to watch me compete,” Penn said. “I hope to be back in the Octagon soon.”
Athletes scheduled to compete on the Oct. 15 card will be rebooked at upcoming UFC events in the near future. Each athlete set to compete on Oct. 15 will also receive compensation due to the card being rescheduled. With its 2016 calendar finalized, UFC officials will discuss future dates for the event.
“SMLEI and UFC will continue to work together in the future to deliver exciting live events for fans,” Edgar Tejerero, President of SM Lifestyle Entertainment, Inc. said.
Fans who have purchased tickets to the event should seek refunds at the point of purchase.