Three Merseyside-based fighters have had their fights cancelled at UFC London due to the Coronavirus.

As the O2 was expected to host the biggest MMA event of the year so far in the UK, fears surrounding COVID-19 has yet to strike down another sporting event.

One of those scheduled to compete was Next Generation MMA’s Molly McCann who could have moved to four straight wins in the UFC on Saturday.

The former Cage Warriors flyweight champion began her winning streak at the annual London event last year and was scheduled to face veteran Ashlee Evans-Smith, who made her promotional debut in 2014.

In addition, two Team Kaobon fighters in Mike Grundy and Tom Aspinall have subsequently have their fights cancelled at the event for the same reason.

Grundy (12-1) was successful at the annual UFC London card last year, when he finished fellow Englishman Nad Narimani in the second round.

Aspinall (7-2) was supposed to make his promotional debut on the card, but he will be forced to wait until later in the year.

A UFC statement about the cancellation read:

“Due to rapidly changing circumstances in the U.K, including recently implemented travel restrictions, UFC FIGHT NIGHT: WOODLEY vs EDWARDS, originally scheduled for Saturday, March 21, at the O2 Arena in London, will be relocated.

“The organisation is looking at available options, including in the United States. Additional details will be announced in the coming days.

“O2 ticket holders may seek a full refund at the point of purchase. UFC looks forward to returning to London at the earliest opportunity.”