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UFC 196 changed from pay-per-view to free TV event

UFC heavyweight Stipe Miocic (14-2-0) had his title shot, replacing former champion Cain Velasquez at UFC 196.

Then heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum (20-5-1) pulled out of the fight, citing injury.

Werdum’s injury now moves the Johny Hendricks vs Stephen Thompson co-main event to the feature bout. The card can now be seen for free on FOX Sports One.

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UFC president Dana White confirmed the new main event today.

UFC 196 takes place February 6th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. It is now a free TV event on FOX Sports One, rather than a pay-per-view.


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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