The upcoming UFC Vegas 68 Card on February. 4 This event will take place at UFC APEX, but it will start later than other cards taking place in the United States.
The event headlined by a heavyweight clash between Derrick Lewis and Sergei Spivak will feature a main card start time at 1 a.m. EST/ 10 p.m. PST with the prelims kicking off at 10 p.m. EST/ 7 p.m. PST. Officials from UFC confirmed Saturday’s start times in MMA Fighting following a report by MMA Ecosystem via Twitter.
The reason for the unusual start time is that the event was originally scheduled to be held in Seoul, South Korea. Plans to travel to South Korea fell through after Chan Sung Jung, “The Korean Zombie”, was injured and unable to participate in the February competition.
Although Jung was unavailable, the UFC decided to change gears and put Lewis against Spivak in their main event. However, there will be a few South Korean fighters on the card including Doo Ho Choi (the Korean Superboy).
As a result, the UFC will still accommodate a start time that will allow fans from around Asia to watch the card. In South Korea, the UFC Vegas 68 card will start at 12 p.m. local time for the prelims and 3 p.m. for the main card.
The UFC hasn’t finalized the bout order yet so it’s unknown at this time if the main card will feature five or six fights but the start time will definitely be later than usual in the U.S.
Lewis vs. Spivak was a fight that was originally scheduled to take place in November but the heavyweight bout was scrapped on the day of the event after Lewis suffered an illness that left him unable to compete. Now the heavyweights will meet in February instead with the card set for the UFC APEX in Las Vegas.