Here we go again.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo has been injured and forced to withdraw from his UFC 153 title defense against Frankie Edgar, scheduled for Oct. 13, 2012 at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
UFC President Dana White brought word of the bad news earlier today.
"Junior" is the second major star to pull out of next month's pay-per-view (PPV) event, following today's report that Quinton Jackson injured his elbow and would no longer be fit to compete against Glover Teixeira in their 205-pound slugfest.
Rest assured, this event won't be canceled.
White did admit, however, that his team has a lot of work to do if they plan on saving this fight card, but has not yet made any sort of indication as to who will step in or in what capacity. This has to be considered a mighty blow (from a fan's perspective) to an organization already reeling from the UFC 151 circus.
To a lot of people in the mixed martial arts (MMA) community, that wound is still open.
"Jones vs. Henderson" was scrapped when Dan Henderson blew out his knee and was unable to challenge Jon Jones for the UFC Light Heavyweight title. With no replacement good enough to get signatures from all parties involved, ZUFFA threw in the towel and sent the rest of the card to fight at different events.
They have a long way to go to restore consumer confidence and it will be interesting to see how they proceed.