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Fighters react to UFC London being cancelled: “Truly heartbreaking”

After months of intense training several fighters are now forced out of UFC London due to the Corona virus - See how they react here on MMAnytt.com!

As concerns of the spread of the Corona virus heightened, the rules for gatherings also became stricter.  Now this weekend’s UFC London has been cancelled. There initially was hope of moving the main event between Tyron Woodley and Leon Edwards to another location, presumably in the United States. Those plans have now been scratched, however, as the US have instated a travel ban on citizens from Ireland and the UK. Now that UFC London is officially cancelled, see how fighters who were slated to compete on the card react to the devastating news.


Fighters react to UFC London being cancelled:

Leon Edwards

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Last night I went to sleep still with some hope that UFC London would continue next week.  I woke up this morning to the news that it won't be.  We have been working with the UFC on possible solutions to keep the fight alive, but unfortunately with such a short window of time, nothing was viable.  Myself and my team are all fathers, husbands, sons and brothers, and not all of us can leave our families right now.  I wish we could have found a way for the fans, I truly do. I have been dreaming of headlining a UFC show in my home country since I started this sport.  This cancellation is truly heartbreaking.  I have never worked harder and never been more prepared for the biggest moment in my career.  But I know that the whole world is hurting right now and this is bigger than me, this is bigger than sports.  All I can hope for is  that all of you stay safe and look after each other as we get past this and move forward. I am humbled by the thousands of messages of support I have received in the hours since the announcement, I truly appreciate you all and feel a lot of love right now.  I look forward to this event being rebooked when it is safe to do so, so Tyron and I can put on the show that you all deserve. Please take care, we will all get through is. Rocky

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Danny Roberts

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I’m sure that everyone has heard the news by now but it is with frustration that I can confirm that my fight scheduled ‪on 21 March 2020‬ at UFC London is no longer going ahead. After numerous months abroad, time spent away from family and all the other sacrifices associated with competing at the elite, it goes without saying that my personal frustration is on another level right now. I have worked hard my whole life for these moments and, particularly in light of last year’s events, I was fully focused on putting on an unforgettable show for the fans in this year’s co-main event. I live and breathe fighting. I love performing for the fans. I have done everything in my power to make sure this fight happens. However, this is completely out of my control and recognise that the health and safety of the 20,000 people who would be in the O2 Arena ‪on Saturday night‬ is paramount. Therefore, despite the widespread disappointment, if delaying or moving the competition protects people it’s 100% worth it. Life is all about perspective and, in this time of madness, I would urge everyone to spend quality time with their loved ones – that’s certainly what I will be doing. Let’s fight this virus together ? (but in groups no larger than 500 people ?). See you soon fight fans ✌?❤️ #UFC #UFCEurope #UFCLondon #TeamChocolate #MixedMartialArts #UKMMA #SanfordMMA

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Nicolas Dalby

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A phoenix always rises from the ashes! I am incredibly sad to announce that just like many other fights from the original #UFCLondon card, my fight too has been cancelled. I honestly have never been more ready for a fight than I am now, technically, physically and mentally. I was supposed to fight an impressive opponent on one of the biggest European fight cards of the year. And as the co-main event even! This had all the signs of being a Fight Of The Night battle and an opportunity for me to show that I had truly risen from the ashes, even professionally … But as sad as I am about losing out on this opportunity I have no issue understanding why. Our communities and societies are threatened and affected by the circumstances of the pandemic spreading across the globe. A lot of people, especially our weakest fellow citizens, are at risk of catching a deadly illness. So the most important thing right now is that we take care of each other and take the precautions to get through this best as possible. My hope is to have this fight re-booked to another date in the near future as I was really excited about this match-up. But even if that doesn’t happen I am very positive about my fighting future. I learned so much from this training camp on many different levels and I can’t wait to showcase my skills soon. Stay safe out there and take care of each other so that we all can rise from the ashes like a phoenix and live to fight another day ❤️ ? @palleschultz ? @jakobxtattoos

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Jack Shore

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Guys unfortunately I’ve had the devastating news that my fight this Saturday is off.. I am truly gutted as I’ve put everything into camp this last 12 weeks, and I am even more gutted for my friends family and fans who have paid money to come watch, I hope that gets sorted for you all! However I completely understand that health comes first, and the necessary measures have been put in place for everyone’s safety. Although there’s no fight, the camp isn’t a waste as everyday I’m getting better and looking forward to continuing to do so. I will be back in the gym tomorrow helping my team mates prepare for their up coming fights, hopefully I can get a quick turn around and we can get this show on the road soon. Big love to you all, tank ????????

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Marc Diakiese

Jack Marshman

Lerone Murphy

Jai Herbert

Woodley still on?

The hopes of salvaging Woodley vs Edwards seems to have died now. However, Woodley is still content on competing, and has announced on social media that he is willing to fight another opponent. There has been back and forth between him and rival Colby Covingtonwho claims that he has reached out to the UFC in hopes of fighting the former champion.

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With roots in muay thai and as an avid combat sports fan, Sebastian Vendel-Martinez grew up while the MMA scene was blossoming in Sweden. He became part of the MMAnytt team in 2012 and has gone on to become one of the most prominent MMA reporters in Scandinavia. Currently he continues to work as a writer, reporter, video producer/editor and head editor for MMAnytt.com

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