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Shortage of available champions prompts UFC to move Jan. 21 Anaheim card to Aug. 5

Shortage of available champions prompts UFC to move Jan. 21 Anaheim card to Aug. 5

The UFC, confronted with a string of unavailable title fighters, announced Thursday it has moved its planned Jan. 21 pay-per-view fight card at Honda Center to Aug. 5.

The company didn’t elaborate on the shift in a prepared statement except to note that UFC 208 will now take place at New York’s Barclays Center on Feb. 11.

The organization prefers to have a full or interim title fight atop its pay-per-view cards, but the ability to do so for Jan. 21 was complicated by the UFC’s decision to load its first New York card on Nov. 12 with three title fights.

Then, the champion who made the most sense to headline the original UFC 208 — Orange...

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