UFC Fight Night: Hermansson vs. Weidman

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UFC Fight Night: Hermansson vs. Weidman
Information
PromotionUltimate Fighting Championship
DateMay 2, 2020 (cancelled)
VenueChesapeake Energy Arena
CityOklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
Event chronology
UFC Fight Night: Smith vs. Teixeira UFC Fight Night: Hermansson vs. Weidman UFC 249: Ferguson vs. Gaethje

UFC Fight Night: Hermansson vs. Weidman was a planned mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship originally planned to take place on May 2, 2020 at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States.[1] Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, UFC president Dana White announced on April 9 that starting with UFC 249, all future events were indefinitely postponed.[2] The event was officially cancelled on April 20.[3]

Background[edit]

The event would be the third that the promotion has contested in Oklahoma City, following UFC Fight Night: Diaz vs. Guillard in September 2009 and UFC Fight Night: Chiesa vs. Lee in June 2017.[1]

A middleweight bout between former UFC Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman and Jack Hermansson had been slated to serve as the event headliner.[4]

A women's bantamweight bout between Sarah Alpar and Duda Santana was scheduled for the event. However, Santana was removed from the event for undisclosed reasons and replaced by Vanessa Melo.[5]

A women's bantamweight bout between Julia Avila and Karol Rosa was expected to take place at UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs. Harris. However, the event was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[6] The pairing was rescheduled for this event.[7]

Due to travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, some Brazilian fighters were unable to compete due to visa issues on the original date – Marina Rodriguez (who was expected to face former UFC Women's Strawweight Championship challenger Cláudia Gadelha) and Vanessa Melo (who was expected to replace Santana against Alpar).[8]

Cancelled fight card[edit]

Fight card
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Middleweight Jack Hermansson vs. Chris Weidman
Heavyweight Andrei Arlovski vs. Philipe Lins [a]
Featherweight Bryce Mitchell vs. Charles Rosa [b]
Light Heavyweight Alonzo Menifield vs. Devin Clark [c]
Light Heavyweight Ed Herman vs. Da Un Jung
Featherweight Ryan Hall vs. Ricardo Lamas
Lightweight Carlos Diego Ferreira vs. Drew Dober [d]
Featherweight Edson Barboza vs. Josh Emmett [e]
Women's Bantamweight Julia Avila vs. Karol Rosa
  1. ^ Moved to the new UFC Fight Night: Smith vs. Teixeira.[9]
  2. ^ Moved to UFC 249.[10]
  3. ^ Moved to UFC 250[11]
  4. ^ Dober later booked to face Alexander Hernandez at the new UFC Fight Night: Smith vs. Teixeira.[9]
  5. ^ Barboza later booked to face Dan Ige at UFC on ESPN: Overeem vs. Harris.[9]

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Jeff Patterson (2020-02-08). "UFC set to return to OKC's Chesapeake Energy Arena on May 2". oklahoman.com. Retrieved 2020-02-09.
  2. ^ Damon Martin (2020-04-09). "UFC 249, upcoming events postponed due to coronavirus pandemic, Dana White promises 'Fight Island' will proceed". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2020-04-09.
  3. ^ Steven Marrocco (2020-04-20). "UFC officially cancels four events due to coronavirus pandemic". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2020-04-20.
  4. ^ Nolan King and Farah Hannoun (2020-02-20). "Chris Weidman vs. Jack Hermansson verbally agree to fight at UFC Oklahoma City". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2020-02-20.
  5. ^ Staff. "Vanessa Melo replaces Duda Santana against Sarah Alpar during UFC Oklahoma City". mmadna.nl. Retrieved 2020-02-17. (in Dutch)
  6. ^ Nolan King and John Morgan (2020-03-15). "UFC postpones three events amid growing coronavirus outbreak". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2020-03-16.
  7. ^ Staff (2020-04-08). "Various battles for upcoming events have been announced". mmadna.nl. Retrieved 2020-04-08. (in Dutch)
  8. ^ Staff (2020-04-09). "Jose Aldo among Brazilians out of UFC 250 and beyond because of visa issues during pandemic". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2020-04-09.
  9. ^ a b c Nolan King (2020-05-01). "Dana White announces full list of UFC matchups for May 13, May 16 events in Florida". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2020-05-02.
  10. ^ Brett Okamoto (2020-04-24). "UFC schedules three fight cards, led by UFC 249 on May 9 in Florida with no fans". espn.com. Retrieved 2020-04-24.
  11. ^ Nolan King and Farah Hannoun (2020-05-08). "UFC 250 adds Devin Clark vs. Alonzo Menifield to expanding June 6 lineup". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2020-05-19.
  12. ^ "UFC Fight Night: Hermansson vs. Weidman". Ultimate Fighting Championship. Retrieved 2020-02-21.