Triad Combat 2 Off, COVID-19 Cited for Postponement

Triad Combat Shannon Briggs and Rampage Jackson
Shannon Briggs and Quinton "Rampage" Jackson get into an altercation at the Triad Combat weigh ins. November 26, 2021 Photo: Amanda Westcott/Triller

Triller FC’s latest foray into the “new” sport of Triad Combat (basically boxing with clinches) has been postponed indefinitely.

Triad Combat 2 was to take place at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas on February 26, 2022. That’s the same venue that is set to host next week’s UFC 271 card. However, Triller FC officials have confirmed that the show is off, citing COVID-19 concerns.

Ariel Helwani first reported the news, with MMA Fighting later adding a statement from the promotion.

“We made this very hard decision out of an abundance of caution for the Fight Club athletes and fans of Triad and Jason Aldean; we determined that, given the current state of the Omnicron virus, it was in our collective interest to postpone this large arena event,” Triller said in a statement (via MMA Fighting). “All tickets will be refunded and stay tuned for exciting news for where and who will be fighting and rocking our next event.”

Triad Combat 2 was expected to be headlined by former UFC heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos taking on boxing champ Kubrat Pulev. For JDS, it was to be his first contest of any kind since parting ways with the UFC last year, outside of a handful of appearances for red-hot pro wrestling outfit AEW.

The card was also to feature former UFC light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort, and bantamweight standout Jimmie Rivera. Shannon Briggs and Rampage Jackson were again set to serve as “coaches” for Team Boxing and Team MMA, respectively. The MMA side won the night at the inaugural Triad Combat event last year.

No date or location has been reported in terms of rescheduling the event, and Triller’s suggestion that fans “stay tuned for exciting news for where and who will be fighting and rocking our next event” would seem to suggest that the Triad Combat 2 line-up may not remain intact.