UFC Fight Night: Lamas vs. Penn
|UFC Fight Night: Lamas vs.Penn|
The poster for UFC Fight Night: Lamas vs.Penn.
|Promotion||Ultimate Fighting Championship|
|Venue||Mall of Asia Arena|
|City||Pasay City, Philippines|
UFC Fight Night: Lamas vs. Penn (also known as UFC Fight Night 97) was a planned mixed martial arts event that was set to be held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on October 15, 2016, at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Philippines.
The event in Pasay City was supposed to be the second that the organization hosted in the Philippines, with the first being UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. Faber in May 16, 2015. The entire event was supposed to stream live on UFC Fight Pass.
A featherweight bout between former title challenger Ricardo Lamas and former UFC Lightweight and Welterweight Champion BJ Penn was expected to serve as the main event. However on October 4, Penn pulled out of the fight citing an injury. In turn, the promotion announced on October 6 that they had cancelled the event entirely.
The remaining fighters on the card all will be awarded their contracted show money despite not competing. A UFC statement said the fighters on the card will be rebooked for future events, though it's not certain if the original matchups will remain intact. This was the third time, following UFC 151 in September 2012, and UFC 176 in August 2014 that the promotion elected to cancel an event because of a lack of a high profile fight to fill a main event spot.
A lightweight bout between Damir Hadzovic and Yusuke Kasuya, initially scheduled for UFC 203, was postponed after Hadžović experienced an issue with his travel visa. The pairing was rescheduled and was expected to take place at this event.
Cancelled fight card
|Main Card (UFC Fight Pass)|
|Featherweight||Ricardo Lamas||vs.||B.J. Penn||Lamas booked against Charles Oliveira. Moved to The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 3 Finale: dos Anjos vs. Ferguson; Penn booked against Yair Rodríguez. Moved to UFC Fight Night: Rodríguez vs. Penn.|
|Heavyweight||Derrick Lewis||vs.||Marcin Tybura||Lewis booked against Shamil Abdurakhimov. Moved to UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Abdurakhimov|
|Flyweight||Jenel Lausa||vs.||Yao Zhikui||Moved to UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs. Brunson|
|Featherweight||Cole Miller||vs.||Mizuto Hirota||[a]|
|Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)|
|Middleweight||Sam Alvey||vs.||Alex Nicholson||[b]|
|Lightweight||Jon Tuck||vs.||Alex Volkanovski||[c]|
|Middleweight||Dong Yi Yang||vs.||Ryan Janes||[d]|
|Women's Strawweight||Seo Hee Ham||vs.||Danielle Taylor||[e]|
|Welterweight||James Moontasri||vs.||Alex Morono||[f]|
|Flyweight||Kyoji Horiguchi||vs.||Ali Bagautinov||[g]|
|Lightweight||Damir Hadzovic||vs.||Yusuke Kasuya||[h]|
- Moved to UFC on Fox: VanZant vs. Waterson
- Moved to The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 3 Finale: dos Anjos vs. Ferguson.
- Tuck booked against Damien Brown; Volkanovski booked against Kasuya. Both moved to UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs. Brunson
- Janes booked against Keith Berish. Moved to UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Abdurakhimov
- Moved to UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs. Brunson
- Moved to UFC on Fox: VanZant vs. Waterson
- Moved to UFC Fight Night: Mousasi vs. Hall 2
- Kasuya booked against Volkanovski and moved to UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs. Brunson
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- Anton Tabuena (2016-10-12). "UFC Manila's Lausa vs Zhikui re-booked for UFN: Rockhold vs Jacare 2". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 2016-10-12.
- Staff (2016-11-21). "Cole Miller vs. Mizuto Hirota joins UFC on FOX 22 lineup". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-11-21.
- Staff (2016-10-11). "Sam Alvey vs. Alex Nicholson moves to UFC Fight Night 98 in Mexico". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-10-11.
- Staff (2016-10-12). "UFC Fight Night 101 in Australia gets 3 new additions". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-10-12.
- Gimgeonil reporters (2016-10-13). "Seo Hee Ham vs Taylor go to November UFC tournament in Australia (Korean)". spotvnews.co.kr. Retrieved 2016-10-13.
- Brian Martin (2016-10-17). "James Moontasri vs. Alex Morono added to UFC on Fox 22". whittierdailynews.com. Retrieved 2016-10-17.
- Ben Kiely (2016-10-13). "UFC Belfast benefits greatly from cancelled Manila event as exciting flyweight bout finds new home". sportsjoe.ie. Retrieved 2016-10-13.
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