"The Dragon is going to Disneyland!"
It seems that the mega-stacked UFC 156 card was too good to be true.
TATAME was first to report the news, citing that the UFC made the change just this past weekend:
Originally scheduled for Feb. 2 at UFC 156 in Las Vegas, the fight between [both] light heavyweights will now be held at UFC 157, the 23rd of the same month in Anaheim, Calif. (USA), as found [by] TATAME.
UFC 157 was made official for Anahiem's Honda Center earlier this month, although no headliners were announced for the February card. It's likely that Henderson and Machida will headline the event in a title eliminator for the opportunity to face the winner of Jon Jones vs. Chael Sonnen.
With the change in schedule, the following fights are still tentatively set for the UFC 156 card:
- Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar
- Alistair Overeem vs. Antonio Silva
- Rashad Evans vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
- Urijah Faber vs. TBA
- Jon Fitch vs. Demian Maia
Throughout the years, the UFC has seen lower live gates and attendance at the Honda Center, which has generally hosted heavyweight title fights as the main events.
UFC 121 (Brock Lesnar and Cain Velasquez) and UFC 59: Reality Check (Andrei Arlovski vs. Tim Sylvia and Tito Ortiz vs. Forrest Griffin) are the two most profitable events that have taken place at the Honda Center so far, with four fight cards hosted there over the last six years.