Instead, UFC 208 will take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, on February 11, per Damon Martin of Fox Sports, with Anaheim set to host a UFC event in August 2017. That card takes place at The Forum in Inglewood, and they're well aware that there will no longer be any competition from the UFC that night.
According to Okamoto, UFC 208 will now adopt the card that was originally scheduled for UFC 209.
The organization prefers to have a full or interim title fight atop its pay-per-view cards, but the ability to do so for January 21 was complicated by the UFC's decision to load its first NY card on November 12 with three title fights. The UFC will no longer be in Southern California on that date, but has scheduled an event on August 5 at the same venue.
The event also moves to Brooklyn and the Barclays Center. It was noted that loading up on talent for UFC 205 and UFC 207 along with injuries were the reason for the event move.
Although there's an interim featherweight title fight December 10 in Toronto between former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis and No. 3-ranked featherweight Max Holloway, with newly named champion Jose Aldo awaiting, Pettis said fighting with a turnaround of less than 50 days would be close to impossible.
Under the original plan, UFC 208 would have gone head-to-head with Bellator 170, which takes place in Los Angeles.