It hasn't been an easy month for Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White.
From dealing with the UFC 151 fiasco in which the promotion was forced to, for the first time ever, pull the plug on the highly-anticipated pay-per-view (PPV) event, and now having to deal with another first, losing the main event and co-main event of UFC 153, (on the same day) which is set to go down on Oct. 13, 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo was forced to bow out of his title fight against Frankie Edgar due to a bum foot after being hit by a car weeks before, while Quinton Jackson pulled out of his light heavyweight scrap against Glover Teixeira, which was set to serve as the evening's co-main event, due to an elbow injury.
As White told Yahoo! Sports, "It's part of the business."
"Jose Aldo gets hit by a car, screwed up his foot, he's hurt, he's out. Rampage Jackson messes up his elbow, he's hurt, he's out. The main event and the co-main event on the same day within an hour of each other in two different continents. I don't know, I gotta fix it now. You know, I gotta fix it. I have time to fix this one. And, you know, we will figure something out. Frankie Edgar is devastated right now man. He's devastated. He comes off that controversial loss in his last fight, gets another title shot, steps up to the plate, starts investing in another camp and spending money to train again and now Aldo's hurt. This kid can't catch a break either. Everybody was pumped up for Frankie vs. Aldo and for Glover vs. Rampage. So, it's a tough one man, its part of the business. It is what it is and we have to deal with it."
No word on who exactly White and the ZUFFA matchmakers have reached out to in attempts to save this card. One thing is for certain, with plenty of time to work with, UFC 153 will not suffer the same fate as UFC 151.
Hear from the visibly frustrated UFC head honcho himself, after the jump:
More on the UFC 153 shake-up right here.