The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is currently gearing up for the promotion’s big debut on ESPN. Now, however, it would appear that the UFC will have to lock down a new headliner for the event.
The UFC has landed a $1.5 billion broadcast deal with sports entertainment titan ESPN. The first fight card to broadcast on ESPN’s streaming service ESPN + will be a UFC card on Jan. 19 in Brooklyn, New York.
While the main event for the card has not yet been officially announced, ESPN’s Ariel Helwani has come forward to claim that former UFC middleweight title challenger Yoel Romero was being targeted to fight Paulo Costa for the night’s headliner. However, Helwani has gone on to report that Costa has been pulled from the card after citing an injury.
Romero’s camp reportedly wants to headline the card in a fight against former division champion Anderson Silva. However, the UFC has yet to make an official statement concerning the matter.