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Coronavirus forces postponement of UFC 251 in Perth

UFC 251, set to be held in Perth, has been called off. Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

UFC 251, originally scheduled for June 7th at Perth's RAC Arena, has been postponed due to ongoing government restrictions on mass public gatherings.

While Australia has managed to dramatically reduce the number of COVID-19 infections, laws still prohibit gatherings of more than 10 people in Western Australia, and thus the event would had to have taken place behind closed doors.

In a statement on Tuesday morning, the UFC took the step to postpone the card.

"Due to current state and national restrictions on public gatherings and travel, UFC 251 originally scheduled for Perth, Western Australia on Sunday, June 7 has been postponed," the statement read. "UFC looks forward to returning to Perth in the near future with a PPV event in partnership with tourism Western Australia."

The event was supposed to be Perth's second taste of UFC, following UFC 221 in February, 2018. It's unclear when the UFC will look to reschedule the event, though it could be pushed back to 2021.

The announcement follows news UFC 250, originally slated for May 9 in Brazil, was postponed when the arena it was scheduled was transformed into a COVID-19 field hospital.