After the day’s crazy events its been confirmed that no less than three of the fights from UFC 223 has been cancelled. It’s a sad day for the UFC and the fans of these fighters who had paid money to go and see them, only to have the opportunity snatched from them due to the events that took place in New York today. These are the fights that will not take place, and no replacements will be found due to the lack of time before the event this Saturday night.
The fight between Artem Lobov and Alex Caceres has been cancelled due to Lobov’s involvement in the attack at The Barclays Centre. Lobov was seen with the “Mcgregor Gang” which ran chaos inside the arena and attacked the bus which had many fighters on board.
Dana White just told reporters here in NYC that Artem Lobov is OFF the #UFC223 card on Saturday.
— Mike Bohn (@MikeBohnMMA) April 5, 2018
Michael Chiesa vs Anthony Pettis is the second fight off the card. Chiesa was cut after the window was put through on the bus he was on. After being taken to the hospital, Chiesa declared he was still eager to fight this Saturday but the New York State Athletic Commision declared him unfit to fight. Chiesa took to social media to declare his interest to still fight “Showtime”, and I’m sure the UFC will oblige under the circumstances.
A decision was made by the New York State Athletic Commission to pull me from UFC 223. I’m devastated to say the least. @Showtimepettis I hope to run this match up ASAP, June 9th in your backyard. That’s all I have to say for now. Much love.
— Michael Chiesa (@MikeMav22) April 6, 2018
Ray Borg vs Brandon Moreno is the final fight to be cancelled. Borg was also on board the bus that was attacked and also sustained a head injury. Despite not being cut, Borg was seemingly ok, but later was unable to close his eyes – it’s believed he has shards of glass in them. Borg was soon after pulled from the card leaving Moreno without an opponent. Neither fighter has spoken out on social media as of yet but I expect we will hear from them soon.
Ray Borg vs Brandon Moreno is canceled, sources say. Borg suffered an eye injury as a result of glass shattering. Cancelation first reported by @bokamotoESPN.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) April 6, 2018
Everyone here at MMAMotion wishes all the fighters well and we hope that the fights that were meant to take place are rescheduled.
For more information on what happened, go to this article for video footage and tweets regarding the incident at The Barclays Centre
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— MMAMotion (@MMA_Motion) April 5, 2018