Feb. 6th event becomes UFC Fight Night

January 28, 2016

The UFC announced on Wednesday that UFC 196 originally scheduled for PPV on Saturday, February 6th will now be called “UFC Fight Night: Hendricks vs. Thompson.”  The full card will be shown on FS1 with the exception of the Fight Pass Exclusive prelims.

The PPV was scrapped earlier in the week after both Cain Velasquez and Fabricio Werdum pulled out of the UFC Heavyweight title fight.  Originally Cain was replaced with Stipe Miocic, but when Werdum heard the news of the scratch by the former champ, he pulled out as well claiming injury.

Johny Hendricks and Stephen Thompson will be the feature bout for this event in Las Vegas.

Payout Perspective:

The de-designation of the UFC event likely preserves the company’s July event of UFC 200.  It also means that the UFC will probably insert another PPV event somewhere in its calendar to account for the loss of this one.  One might see this as a make good for distributors who will lose out on next weekend’s PPV.  Regardless of the shuffle, it was likely the best move for the UFC to move the event to live television.  A short term loss may still be a future gain for the company if it can schedule a card that the casual fan will be interested in purchasing.

10 Responses to “Feb. 6th event becomes UFC Fight Night”

  1. tops E on January 28th, 2016 11:29 AM

    So its not really 200? Hahahaha

  2. d on January 28th, 2016 3:39 PM

    Reading is not everyone’s strong suit.

  3. joe on January 28th, 2016 5:01 PM

    How is 200 gonna remain 200 unless they add another numbered event before?

  4. THAunderDOGG on January 28th, 2016 7:19 PM

    Wait til the Garcia vs Guerrero numbers get published on here
    Crazy

  5. d on January 28th, 2016 7:29 PM

    You answered your own question.

  6. The Greatest on January 29th, 2016 12:46 AM

    They’ll just skip over it, like how most people do with there ppvs.

  7. tops E on January 29th, 2016 4:13 AM

    Best thing is after spending tons of money marketing 200…then in the final presscon,some media members would ask that question,why are we celebrating 200 if its not 200? hahaha

  8. d on January 29th, 2016 7:21 AM

    There’s going to be another ppv added geniuses that was the point of making McGregor-Dos Anjos 196. They would just need to add 1 ppv per month before July.

  9. The Greatest on January 30th, 2016 12:55 AM

    UFC ppv is dead.
    Couldn’t even hit 1M last year.
    Haha

  10. d on January 30th, 2016 8:04 AM

    Boxing ppv is dead. They won’t sell another ppv, not even 1 buy.

    Now I know how fun it is to just make things up out of thin air like you.

    Realistically though, the last two 1m buy ppvs between the two sports were with the UFC. McGregor’s next fight will likely hit 1m as will UFC 200. I seriously doubt boxing will hit 1m this year and it is frightening their fans. Haha.

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