Ben Askren officially has a new date for his UFC debut.
The UFC announced today that Askren vs. Robbie Lawler will now take place at UFC 235 on March 2. The pay-per-view is being held at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Ariel Helwani reported yesterday that moving Askren vs. Lawler to UFC 235 was planned after the cancelation of UFC 233, which was where their welterweight fight was originally set to take place. UFC 233 was canceled due to the promotion not being able to find a suitable main event after moving Henry Cejudo and TJ Dillashaw’s flyweight title fight up to their ESPN+ debut show in Brooklyn, New York on January 19.
UFC 233 had been scheduled to take place at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California on January 26 before being canceled.
Askren came to the UFC after a trade was completed between the UFC and ONE Championship, sending Askren to the UFC and Demetrious Johnson to ONE.