Askren vs Lawler now rumored for March 2.
UFC 233 will no longer be held on January 26 in Anaheim, California due to "a combination of factors."
One of the co-main events, pitting Bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw against Flyweight champ Henry Cejudo had already been moved up to the main event slot of UFC on ESPN+ on January 19 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
According to ESPN's Brett Okamoto, it has not yet been determined whether Anaheim will host the UFC 233 PPV once it is rebooked.
As a result of the UFC 233 switch-up, Ben Asrken's UFC debut against Robbie Lawler will have to wait a little longer. ESPN's Ariel Helwani reports that as of now the plan is for Askren (18-0) vs Lawler (28-12) to take place in Las Vegas on March 2. That said, Askren says he's still ready to fight in January if need be.
"I was ready and willing to save the day for my new bosses. Heck, I'm ready to fight tomorrow," Askren said in a text to ESPN's Ariel Helwani. "If Robbie needs a little more time get ready to lose to me, so be it. Though I'd be more than happy to fight in Brooklyn and then kick his ass on March 2."
Additionally, the UFC 233 flyweight bout between Joseph Benavidez (25-5) and Deiveson Figueiredo (15-0) is likely to be moved to the ESPN+ event in BK on January 19. Helwani also notes that the Cynthia Calvillo vs. Cortney Casey fight, which was originally scheduled for UFC 233, has been moved to February 17 in Phoenix.
UFC 234, which is scheduled for February 10 in Melbourne, Australia, will continue to carry the UFC 234 title, according to Okamoto.