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UFC abandons February date in London, hopes to return in 2015

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Less than two weeks after announcing the entire 2015 calendar, the UFC has already shelved their anticipated return to London in February.

It was almost nine months ago when the UFC initially penciled in the date of February 28 as the promotion's official return to the O2 Arena in London, England. However, once the 2015 calendar was released last week, many should have realized that the date initially reserved for the London Fight Night event, had been turned into the UFC 184 Pay-Per-View event in Los Angeles.

Garry Cook, the Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Europe, Middle East and Africa, joined The MMA Hour on Monday afternoon to discuss the changes to the schedule and explained that the focus will now be on the Los Angeles PPV event.

"We're going to move ourselves to another London date further down in the year. So we had to make some changes," Cook told's Ariel Helwani. "As we always say with our business, it is subject to change, that's just making sure the fans are taken care of, we don't want to overdo it and make sure we get focused on that L.A. event."

The UFC 184 fight card will feature two title fights: a middleweight championship bout between Chris Weidman and Vitor Belfort, as well as a co-main event title fight between Ronda Rousey and Cat Zingano.

Cook also revealed that the promotion intended to return to the United Kingdom in 2015 but is yet to select a date for the event.

"We're going to take ourselves out of that London date, and we're going to move ourselves to another London date further down in the year."

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