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UFC reschedules Anaheim event; Brooklyn card is now UFC 208

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The head-to-head Southern California battle between the UFC and Bellator is over before it even started.

The UFC announced on Thursday that it's Jan. 21 date at the Honda Center in Anaheim has been postponed and rescheduled for Aug. 5. The event will remain a pay-per-view card.

The company was originally set to go head-to-head with Bellator's Tito Ortiz-Chael Sonnen fight at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif.

The Jan. 21 card in Anaheim was originally scheduled to be titled UFC 208. Instead, the Feb. 11 card in Brooklyn which was originally slated to be UFC 209 is now UFC 208; and the Las Vegas card on March 4 expected to be UFC 210 is now UFC 209.

A lack of a suitable headliners for the date in Anaheim is the main reason for the postponement. Several title fights loaded up on major recent events such as UFC 205 and UFC 207 combined with injuries to other champions and top headliners conspired to leave a dearth of available main eveners for the scheduled Anaheim card.