The prospect of inclement weather in the form of Hurricane Ike has forced World Extreme Cagefighting officials to postpone its next week that had been scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 10 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. until Wednesday, Nov. 5 at the same venue.
Denny Burkholder of CBSSports.com was the first to break the news, with the WEC sending out an official press release soon after.
“Due to the potential of a major hurricane hitting the South Florida area on Wednesday we were compelled to postpone the event,” WEC Vice President of Operations and Production Peter Dropick is quoted as saying in the press release. “For the safety of our fans, the fighters and our staff we felt it was in the best interest to make this decision.”
Hurricane Ike is currently a Category 3 storm with sustained winds of 120 MPH that is moving west/southwest toward South Florida, according to the National Hurricane Center’s latest advisory. The storm is on track to have impact on the Florida Keys and South Florida this Tuesday into Wednesday.
“With Hurricane Ike approaching our area we have concern for the fans, fighters, our employees and the South Florida community in general,” Bernie Dillon, Sr. Vice President of Entertainment for the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino added. “We felt like it would be prudent and in everyone’s best interest to postpone the event. We certainly don’t want to cause any travelers or employees to get stranded here should we have a major storm.”
Wednesday’s WEC event had been scheduled to be headlined by a WEC featherweight title defense by Urijah Faber vs. Mike Thomas Brown as well as a WEC middleweight title rematch between incumbent Paulo Filho and challenger Chael Sonnen.
Refunds for the postponed event will be available at the point of purchase.