A total of three UFC events have been postponed due to the coronavirus, with those shows being UFC Fight Night London, UFC Fight Night Columbus and UFC Fight Night Portland.
While the UFC has yet to announce a return to the Netherlands, UFC fighter Stefan Struve says the coronavirus has caused the promotion to cancel a return to the area that was set for this Summer.
“I was in talks with the UFC for this summer, but I don’t think that it will continue,” said Struve on the Epic MMA podcast (via Simon Head of MMA Junkie). “The UFC was planning to come to Europe this summer but I don’t think they are going to go to locations overseas now. Well, they were looking at the Netherlands. I cannot say a lot more than that. I also have no idea which of those plans will continue (post-coronavirus). They wanted to go to another (Dutch) city to the last two times. It sounded really good, but we can probably cross that one out.”
UFC President Dana White did say the promotion was looking to return to a full schedule starting with UFC 249 later this month, but no plans for the Netherlands have been mentioned by White or the UFC at this time.
Struve himself hasn’t competed since UFC Fight Night Washington DC, where the fighter suffered a second round TKO loss to Ben Rothwell.