24 February 2017 | 12:00 am
The UFC announced Friday it will move up its scheduled UFC 214 card at Anaheim’s Honda Center to July 29.
The card, which originally was moved from Jan. 21 to Aug. 5, will mark the organization’s first Southland visit since the June 4 UFC 199 at the Forum, when Orange County-trained Englishman Michael Bisping upset Luke Rockhold to win the middleweight title.
While no fights have been set, the UFC anchors its pay-per-view cards with a title fight, and fighters such as Bisping, women’s bantamweight belt-holder Amanda Nunes, Orange County-trained women’s featherweight Cris “Cyborg” Justino and newly signed former welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre do not have dates assigned to them.
The Honda Center has staged landmark UFC bouts, including Ronda Rousey’s 2013 debut and heavyweight Cain Velasquez’s knockout of then-champion Brock Lesnar.
UFC 209, headlined by the Tyron Woodley-Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson welterweight title rematch following their November draw, and an interim lightweight title fight between Russia’s Khabib Nurmagomedov and Southern California’s Tony Ferguson, is March 4 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.