Numbered UFC tournament in Australia canceled

The UFC 251 tournament, which was scheduled to take place on June 6 in Perth, Australia, is officially excluded from the organization’s calendar due to the coronavirus epidemic.

“Due to current restrictions on public events and travel, the UFC 251 tournament, which was scheduled to take place on June 6 in Perth, Western Australia, has been canceled,” the UFC’s official statement reads.

However, sources say that the organization has not given up on the idea of holding a numbered event on June 6.

PERTH, AUSTRALIA – FEBRUARY 11: (L-R) Tyson Pedro of Australia celebrates his submission victory over Saparbek Safarov of Russiain their light heavyweight bout during the UFC 221 event at Perth Arena on February 11, 2018 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

“The UFC is still planning to hold a numbered tournament on June 6, but in America,” tweeted well-known sports journalist Ariel Helvani. “The ideal venue is the Apex arena in Las Vegas, but they haven’t received the green light yet. The question is that the show is 32 days away, and the main event is not yet. If we go through the list of Champions, we will understand that there are not many options. The more interesting it will be to see how they solve this issue”

If the show does take place, then taking into account the shift in the schedule, it will be called UFC 250.

Ferguson, Sehudo, Ngannou and Werdum are UFC 249 favorites

Despite the fact that Justin Geitzhi had more than five weeks to prepare for a fight with Tony Ferguson, as well as a month ago, the fourth number of the UFC lightweight rating is considered a clear underdog in the upcoming title match.

At the moment, the coefficient for the victory of Geitzhi is 2.5 (3 to 2), while the likely success of Ferguson is estimated at a coefficient of 1.556 (5 to 9).

As you know, the fight for the temporary UFC lightweight title between Ferguson and Geitzhi on may 9 will headline the UFC 249 tournament in Jacksonville, Florida, and in the second most important event of the event, the current UFC lightweight title holder, Henry Cejudo, will defend his belt against former division champion Dominic Cruz.

The odds of Sehudo winning are estimated at 1.455 (5 to 11), while the odds of Cruz winning are 2.8 (9 to 5).

In a potential Challenger heavyweight bout, the favorite is Francis Ngannou (1.357 or 5 to 14), and Jairzinho Rosenstrike (3.2 or 11 to 5) is expected to go into the fight a clear underdog.

In a confrontation of interest to Russian fans between Alexey Oleynik (3.5 or 5 to 2) and Fabricio Werdum (1.313 or 5 to 16), the odds are not in favor of the “Boa”, even despite the fact that the famous Brazilian comes to the fight after a long downtime.