The Cage Warriors mixed martial arts promotion is set to go ahead with its planned event in England this week despite the disruption caused by the coronavirus after a switch of venue from London to Manchester.

With the UFC having cancelled its London card after a failed attempt to move it to the United States, Cage Warriors boss Graham Boylan announced on Twitter that his fight card could not go ahead in London as the venue owners planned to close.

However, shortly afterwards Boylan announced on the social media site that the card would go ahead after all.

"I & team have spent the past 45 mins moving the entire event to Manchester. The event is ON, just relocated and still behind closed doors," Boylan tweeted.

"After everything they've been through, the fighters deserve to compete. 

"After all the support they’ve shown us, the fans deserve some calm amongst the chaos. 

"We’re determined to provide the world with a seriously exciting night of MMA this Friday." 

Founded in 2002 and based in London, Cage Warriors has given a path to the UFC for many up-and-coming mixed martial artists including Irishman Conor McGregor, a two-division champion with Corkman Boylan's promotion before repeating that feat in the UFC.